Review Of "Schrifttanz: A View Of German Dance In The Weimar Republic" Edited By V. Preston-Dunlop And S. Lahusen

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The purpose of the journal Schrifttanz, edited by dance enthusiast Alfred Schlee of Universal Editions of Vienna from 1928 to 1932, was "to provide a forum for the introduction and discussion of written dance." The current volume presents, for the first time in English, a sampling of articles from that journal. The writings address many critical issues concerning European dance of the period and are written by various artists, choreographers, composers, critics, and historians. The editors of the current volume have chosen to organize articles, according to content, under five chapter headings: Search for New Directions, Written Dance and Choreology, Dance Education, Dance and Its Supportive Arts, and Personalities--Reviews--Events. Introductions by Preston-Dunlop and Lahusen create a context preceding each chapter. From these comments the reader can more readily approach the writings of such individuals as Bohme, Gert, von Laban, Nijinska, Schlemmer, and Wigman. Twenty-one black-and-white photographs, two appendixes, biographical notes, and a bibliography add to the usefulness of this book. For college and university libraries.


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