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Democracy's body : Judson Dance Theater, 1962-1964

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Democracy's Body offers a lively, detailed account of the beginnings of the Judson Dance Theater--a popular center of dance experimentation in New York's Greenwich Village--and its place in the larger history of the avant-garde art scene of the 1960s.

JDT started when Robert Dunn, a student of John Cage, offered a dance composition class in Merce Cunningham's studio.

The performers--many of whom included some of the most prominent figures in the arts in the early sisties--found a welcome performance home in the Judson Memorial Church in the Village.

Sally Banes's account draws on interviews, letters, diaries, films, and reconstructions of dances to paint a portrait of the rich culture of Judson, which was the seedbed for postmodern dance and the first avant-garde movement in dance theater since the modern dance of the 1930s and 1940s. Originally published in 1983, this edition brings back into print a highly regarded work of dance history.

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Duke University Press
0822313995 / 9780822313991
Paperback / softback
United States
xviii, 270 pages : illustrations (black and white)
23 cm
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Reprint. Originally published: Michigan: UMI Research Press, 1980.