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By Sally Banes

Dancing girls: woman our bodies Onstage is a fantastic and well timed contribution to bounce heritage, recasting canonical dance because the early 19th century by way of a feminist standpoint. environment the production of particular dances in socio-political and cultural contexts, Sally Banes exhibits that choreographers have created representations of girls which are formed by means of - and that during half form - society's carrying on with debates approximately sexuality and feminine identity.
large in its scope and compelling in its argument Dancing Women:
* presents a sequence of re-readings of the canon, from Romantic and Russian Imperial ballet to modern ballet and sleek dance
* investigates the gaps among plot and function that create sexual and gendered meanings
* examines how women's company is created in dance via facets of choreographic constitution and style
* analyzes various women's pictures - together with brides, mistresses, moms, sisters, witches, wraiths, enchanted princesses, peasants, revolutionaries, cowgirls, scientists, and athletes - in addition to the production of varied women's groups at the dance stage
* indicates ways to problems with gender in postmodern dance
utilizing an interpretive technique diverse from that of different feminist dance historians, who've under pressure both victimization or occasion of ladies, Banes reveals a way more complicated diversity of cultural representations of gender identities.

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