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Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television
Judith Weston
0941188248
July 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
This is essential reading for anyone interested in directing or acting. Judith Weston's brilliance is to recognize that directors, actors, writers, and technicians are involved in a process that is at essence a collaboration. In order for them to have the best shot at creating something true and meaningful, they must share a language and a method of exchange that fosters creative cooperation. Weston rightly sees the director as the central figure in inspiring the energy of a production's harmony. She advises the prospective director on every aspect of a stage or film production, showing how the director can draw the best performances possible from actors.

Midwest Book Review
The focus on creating memorable performances for film and television provides explicit acting advice and...


Shaping Society Through Dance
Zoila S. Mendoza
0226520080
Aug 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
During the patron saint fiesta in the Andean town of San Jerónimo, Peru, crowds gather at sunset in the town square, eagerly awaiting the entrance of the colorful dance troupes, or comparsas. With their masks, music, and surprising interpretations of contemporary events, the comparsas of the Cusco region are the focus of this multifaceted work. At the crossroads of folklore and ritual, mass media and local preferences, and regional and national identity, the comparsas--recorded here on video and compact disc--have become a powerful way for the local people to make sense of their place in Peru and in the world. As Zoila Mendoza shows, they do more than reflect societal changes, they actively transform society.

In this fluid world, she argues, racial and ethnic identities are shaped...


Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement
Kenneth Laws
0195149165
June 2005
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Written by a physicist with professional dance training, Physics and the Art of Dance explains how dancers can achieve better, safer performances through an understanding of physics in motion. Using simple, non-technical terms, Kenneth Laws combines his knowledge of both physics and dance to
describe how the laws of gravity, momentum, and energy affect dancing bodies. The book explores the natural laws that govern the subtleties of balance, the techniques of leaps and pirouettes, and the impressive lifts and turns executed by ballet partners. Finally, Laws offers insight into two
current discussions in the dance world--the effect of body size on ballet technique, and the relationship between science and the art of dance.

Beautiful, original stop-action photographs by Martha Swope, along with clear...


Death Dance (Alexandra Cooper Series)
Linda Fairstein
0743254899
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Reunited with fellow Manhattan crime scene investigators Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, brazen, outspoken Alexandra Cooper, assistant DA for the sex crimes prosecution unit, tackles the case of a murdered dancer with the Royal Ballet. While it was no secret that "world-renowned" Russian ballerina Natalya Galinova had a bad attitude and a cuckolded husband, that she was tossed, undetected, into the cooling unit at the Metropolitan Opera House still comes as a shock, even to a whole slew of suspects, among them her agent, Rinaldo; Broadway kingpin and voyeur Joe Berk; Berk's shady niece Mona; and the Met's slippery artistic director, Chet Dobbis. Varied clues paired with the fascinating theatrical spadework involved in the opera business lead to a sidewalk electrocution and several sabotaged stage sets. As...


Performance Success : Performing Your Best Under Pressure (Theatre Arts)
Don Greene
0878301224
October 1, 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Performance Success teaches a set of skills so that a musician can be ready to go out and sing or play at his or her highest level, working with energies that might otherwise be wasted in unproductive ways. This is a book of skills and exercises, prepared by a master teacher.

About the Author
Don Greene, Ph.D. is a sports psychologist who has worked with groups as diverse as the US Olympic Diving Team, police departments, and opera companies. He is the author of Audition Success, also published by Routledge, and Fight Your Fear and Win (Broadway Books). He teaches at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.


Shaping Society Through Dance
Zoila S. Mendoza
0226520099
Aug 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
During the patron saint fiesta in the Andean town of San Jerónimo, Peru, crowds gather at sunset in the town square, eagerly awaiting the entrance of the colorful dance troupes, or comparsas. With their masks, music, and surprising interpretations of contemporary events, the comparsas of the Cusco region are the focus of this multifaceted work. At the crossroads of folklore and ritual, mass media and local preferences, and regional and national identity, the comparsas--recorded here on video and compact disc--have become a powerful way for the local people to make sense of their place in Peru and in the world. As Zoila Mendoza shows, they do more than reflect societal changes, they actively transform society.

In this fluid world, she argues, racial and ethnic identities are shaped...


Performance Studies: An Introduction
R. SCHECHNER
0415146216
May 10, 2002
Paperback
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Review
Richard Schechner's work is crucial. His thoughts always renew my desire to change the world..–Guillermo Gómez-Peña, performance artist and writer, San Francisco, USA

This useful volume sets up lively possibilities for exploring the entire spectrum....an enterprising spirit that now defines performance studies..–Herbert Blau, Byron and Alice L. Lockwood Professor of the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

An appropriately broad-ranging, challenging, and provocative introduction, equally important for practicing artists as for students and scholars of the performing arts..–Phillip Zarrilli, University of Exeter, UK

This isn't merely the musings of a theatre director who never stops innovating. It is a global thinker's striking, historic way of understanding human...



Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance
Eric N. Franklin
0873229436
May 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Whether used alone or as a companion to Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery, which establishes a foundation for the techniques described here, this unique guide shows you how to combine technical expertise with imagery skills to enrich your expressive repertoire. This versatile text and reference provides 583 imagery exercises designed to improve dance technique, artistic expression, and performance. More than 160 illustrations highlight images and exercises you can put to use immediately in your movements and choreography. Part I explores using imagery with improvisation. You’ll find 195 exercises centered on the body’s basic movement images. These improvisational exercises will encourage you to explore new inner landscapes to create and communicate different movement qualities. Part II provides 314...


Dance Rhythms of the French Baroque
Betty Bang Mather
0253316065
Jan 1987
Hardcover
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The Perfect Wrong Note : Learning to Trust Your Musical Self
William Westney
1574670832
October 1, 2003
Hardcover
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Library Journal
"A well-thought-out and well-presented work on an approach to music instruction to which many aspire, but few attain . . ."

Music Educators' Journal, September 2004
" . . . wonderfully frank."

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Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance
Brenda Dixon Gottschild
027596373X
June 1998
Paperback
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Review
“[This book] takes on the interesting subject of how the African American culture has made a difference to art in America--what this difference is and how it is manifest. Gottschild's subject is the saturation of America with the African....Gottschild focuses on dance but includes the minstrel stage, jazz, vaudeville, Gangsta Rap, the 19th-century 'Hottentot Venus' (the pejoratively named African woman who was brought to England and displayed as a freak), performance criticism, and Native American powwow. A freewheeling writer, Gottschild often segues into a general discussion of racism and its impact on the performing arts in pointing out the locations of African influence in American performance....[a] welcome addition to a burgeoning literature on African American performance. Recommended for all academic...


Isabelle's Perfect Performance, Vol. 3
Alexandra Moss
0448437694
May 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Ellie Brown is so excited to be returning to The Royal Ballet Lower School for her second term. She can’t wait until classes start—she and her fellow classmates are finally learning to dance on pointe! But a new girl, Isabelle Armand, throws everyone off. Isabelle is from France and believes that the French way is the only way—when it comes to clothing, food…and especially ballet. Isabelle is a flawless dancer, but she’s terribly unfriendly. How can Ellie and her friends warm to Isabelle when she keeps giving everyone the cold shoulder?


Mongolian Music, Dance, and Oral Narrative
Carole Pegg
0295980303
Aug 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book celebrates the power of music, dance, and oral narrative to create identities by imaginatively connecting performers and audiences with ethnic and political groupings, global and sacred landscapes, histories and heroes, spirits and gods. Three distinct cultural eras of Mongolian society are represented. Many Mongols are now performing publicly the diverse traditions of Old Mongolia that they practiced in private following the communist revolution of 1921; some are perpetuating the Soviet transformations of those traditions introduced prior to 1990; and yet others are dipping their curly-toed boots into new performance arts as they revel in musical encounters on the global stage. By highlighting the sheer variety of repertories, this book illustrates the rich diversity of Mongolia's peoples and performance...


Beat Takeshi Vs. Takeshi Kitano
Casio Abe, Lawrence Chua
1885030401
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Called "the world’s most original action auteur" by the Village Voice, Takeshi Kitano is already legendary in Japan, where he is known both for his inventive films and for his legendarily caustic alter ego, comedian Beat Takeshi. In the United States, his stylishly noir aesthetic has both influenced and been admired by such directors as Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino. His emotionally intense yet lyrical films have won him worldwide acclaim and honors, including the Grand Prix for Hanabi [Fireworks] at the Venice Film Festival. Now, the long-awaited Beat Takeshi vs. Takeshi Kitano offers a collection of essays on the internationally acclaimed film director by Casio Abe.Despite his impact on contemporary cinema, very little critical work on Kitano's films exists in the United States. Abe’s book,...


2006 Balanchine Wall Calendar
Nancy Reynolds & Costas
1594900590
June 2005
Wall Calendar
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The Anthropology of Performance (PAJ Publications)
Victor Turner
1555540015
June 1, 1986
Paperback
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Review
"In this posthumous collection, Turner continues his quest for 'a liberated anthropology,' a cause helped in part by the recent postmodern consciousness." -- American Theatre

Book Description
Considering social drama, ritual, and postmodern consciousness in relation to the idea of performance, Victor Turner explores the interplay of event, spectacle, audience, and culture and offers new insights into the nature of performance.


Thinking Body, Dancing Mind: Taosports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life
Chungliang Al Huang
0553373781
May 1994
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Taosports embodies an Eastern philosophical and religious approach to optimizing experiences. According to the authors, "thinking body, dancing mind means that you have within you all that you need to be and to do anything you wish." The authors provide many exercises for the best utilization of this process. The tools include visualization, focusing, and centering. Examples of how athletes and others have benefited by incorporating elements of Taosports are included throughout. Other books by Huang include Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain (Celestial Arts Pr., 1990) and Quantum Soup (Celestial Arts Pr., 1988). This self-improvement guide gives a taste of Tao but should not be considered an introduction to that subject. Buy for demand.- J. Sara Paulk, Concord P.L., N.H.Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information,...


Mongolian Music, Dance, and Oral Narrative
Carole Pegg
0295981121
Aug 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
This book celebrates the power of music, dance, and oral narrative to create identities by imaginatively connecting performers and audiences with ethnic and political groupings, global and sacred landscapes, histories and heroes, spirits and gods. Three distinct cultural eras of Mongolian society are represented. Many Mongols are now performing publicly the diverse traditions of Old Mongolia that they practiced in private following the communist revolution of 1921; some are perpetuating the Soviet transformations of those traditions introduced prior to 1990; and yet others are dipping their curly-toed boots into new performance arts as they revel in musical encounters on the global stage. By highlighting the sheer variety of repertories, this book illustrates the rich diversity of Mongolia's peoples and performance...


A Short History of Western Performance Space
David Wiles
0521012740
October 2, 2003
Paperback
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Review
'... the range of his study promises that most readers will discover surprising connections and contrasts between the theatre of their period and others ... an inspiring read for the theatre practitioner as well as a crucial reference for the scholar of theatre or cultural anthropology ... Theatres and Encyclopedias is well worth reading, whether one is a scholar of print and theatre history, early modern drama and literature, or the general etiology of western culture.' Rebecca Nesvet, University of Gloucestershire, English

Review
"Meticulously researched, covering a broad sweep of performance history from classical Greece to modernist western Europe, lavishly illustrated with reproductions, original line drawings, maps, and diagrams, it presents descriptions and analyses of a wide...


Death Dance
Linda Fairstein
0743550145
January 2006
Compact Disc
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From Publishers Weekly
The dramatic talents of Blair Brown, widely displayed on stage, film and television, add some important depth and energy to this generally shrewdly abridged audio version of Fairstein's latest. Brown catches the feisty wisdom of Alexandra Cooper, Manhattan's assistant DA in charge of the sex crimes prosecution unit (a job Fairstein herself had for 25 years before turning to writing full time), and also brings to sharply edged life Cooper's old colleagues, crime scene investigators Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace. Particularly interesting are Brown's takes on denizens of New York's Metropolitan Opera—a manipulative agent, a strange producer and his troubled niece, an ambiguously motivated artistic director—as Cooper and her team investigate the murder of a leading Russian ballerina found dead in one of...


Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance
Brenda Dixon Gottschild
0313296847
May 1996
Hardcover
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Review
“[This book] takes on the interesting subject of how the African American culture has made a difference to art in America--what this difference is and how it is manifest. Gottschild's subject is the saturation of America with the African....Gottschild focuses on dance but includes the minstrel stage, jazz, vaudeville, Gangsta Rap, the 19th-century 'Hottentot Venus' (the pejoratively named African woman who was brought to England and displayed as a freak), performance criticism, and Native American powwow. A freewheeling writer, Gottschild often segues into a general discussion of racism and its impact on the performing arts in pointing out the locations of African influence in American performance....[a] welcome addition to a burgeoning literature on African American performance. Recommended for all academic...


The Case of the Nutcracker Ballet (The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley Series #38)
Megan Stine
0060093420
October 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Zap the Gaps! Target Higher Performance and Achieve It!
Kenneth H. Blanchard, et al
0060503009
May 15, 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Brief, reality-based business fables are all the rage these days, as consultants, strategists, and other savvy professionals seek interesting, reader-friendly ways to present their latest ideas. Zap the Gaps! continues in this genre by weaving a highly practical and easily adaptable program for improving workplace performance into a solidly informative tale--this time about the trials and tribulations at a large computer firm's troubled customer service center--that most corporate denizens will quickly identify with. Ken "The One-Minute Manager" Blanchard teams here with problem-solving specialists Dana Robinson and Jim Robinson to present the enlightening story of Dyad Technology's discovery and implementation of their anachronism-based GAPS approach for finding and resolving the root causes of many common business...


Exhausting Dance
Andre Lepecki
0415362539
Feb 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
The only scholarly book in English dedicated to recent European contemporary dance, Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement examines the work of key contemporary choreographers who have transformed the dance scene since the early 1990s in Europe and the US.
Through their vivid and explicit dialogue with performance art, visual arts and critical theory from the past thirty years, this new generation of choreographers challenge our understanding of dance by exhausting the concept of movement. Their work demands to be read as performed extensions of the radical politics implied in performance art, in post-structuralist and critical theory, in post-colonial theory, and in critical race studies.
In this far-ranging and exceptional study, Andre Lepecki brilliantly analyzes the work of the...


Exhausting Dance
Andre Lepecki
0415362547
Feb 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
The only scholarly book in English dedicated to recent European contemporary dance, Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement examines the work of key contemporary choreographers who have transformed the dance scene since the early 1990s in Europe and the US.
Through their vivid and explicit dialogue with performance art, visual arts and critical theory from the past thirty years, this new generation of choreographers challenge our understanding of dance by exhausting the concept of movement. Their work demands to be read as performed extensions of the radical politics implied in performance art, in post-structuralist and critical theory, in post-colonial theory, and in critical race studies.
In this far-ranging and exceptional study, Andre Lepecki brilliantly analyzes the work of the...


Angelina Takes the Stage
Katharine Holabird
0448440180
January 2006
Sticker Book
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Book Description
Angelina prepares for her big performance—there are rehearsals, recitals, and parties. The 75 stickers can be used on eight different scenes, any way children want.


Looking at Shakespeare : A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance
Dennis Kennedy
0521785480
December 20, 2001
Paperback
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Review
'Looking at Shakespeare is brilliant. Kennedy's analytic skills, his visual perceptiveness and ability to recreate the dynamic of performance from the static evidence of photographs mean the book moves seamlessly between productions seen and unseen ... Kennedy is that rarest of guides, the reliable kind.' Peter Holland, The Times Literary Supplement
'... It is Kennedy's commentary, at once lucid and erudite, that makes the visual documentation leap off the page. Enlightening for the general reader, invaluable for theatre professionals and academics, Looking at Shakespeare ... breaks new ground for performance-oriented theatre scholarship.' American Theatre
'A comprehensive history and visual feast.' Shakespeare at the Centre

Review
"Dennis Kennedy's Looking at Shakespeare is one...


Vanessa Beecroft : Performances 1993-2003
Marcella Beccaria
8884915724
December 1, 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As a subject for art, the female body still, after all these thousands of years, has the power to shock and subvert, no less so in the hands of Italian artist Beecroft, who uses women themselves as her medium. This 9½"×11" catalogue, which includes a huge foldout dust jacket, covers the retrospective of Beecroft's work at Turin's Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, documenting 52 of Beecroft's "performances," which involve dressing (or undressing), coiffing, painting and arranging groups of real-live "girls" (as Beecroft consistently, and rather disturbingly, refers to her most often 20-something models) with generous references to classical art, films and history. While many of the 300 color and b&w photos show cadres of nude blondes with severe makeup in near-militaristic formations...


Conditioning for Skating: Off-Ice Techniques for on-Ice Performance
Carl Poe
157028220X
August 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
To be the best on the rink, skaters must spend endless hours strengthening and conditioning their bodies off the ice to build strength for the rigors of their performances. Illustrative and technical, yet user-friendly, Conditioning for Figure Skating provides detailed coverage of the physical preparation necessary for Preliminary through Senior-Elite skaters while concentrating on all disciplines of figure skating, including singles, pairs, and ice dance. More than 300 photos illustrate proper warm-up drills, flexibility stretches, cooldown routines, strength training exercises, jump and plyometric training programs, and endurance conditioning exercises for on-ice injury prevention. A periodization plan also helps skaters maximize their training potential.

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Analyzing Performance
Patrice Pavis
0472066897
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
An indispensable guide for the study of performance, by France's leading theater critic, now available in English

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