Library Staff Recommendation: Terpsichore in Sneakers

Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance.

By Sally Banes. With a new introduction.

Greenfield Open Stacks 793.322 B223t 1987

An essential for anyone interested in what happened in modern dance after Martha Graham, Terpsichore in Sneakers is widely considered to be the definitive history of 1960s New York downtown concert dance. Each chapter profiles dance notables such as Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Douglas Dunn and Meredith Monk (several of whom have moved to non-movement art forms); the end of each chapter includes some sort of primary source on that dancer/choreographer.

If you like this subject, you may also be interested in these videos:

Making Dances: Seven Postmodern Choreographers. Michael Blackwood Productions, 2007.

Greenfield DVD GD585

– features many of the dancers in Banes’ book

Retracing Steps: American Dance since Postmodernism / writer and consultant, Sally Banes; produced and directed by Michael Blackwood. Northvale, NJ: Audio Plus Video, c2001.

Greenfield Videotapes GV708

– interviews with young choreographers such as Bill T. Jones and Molissa Fenley active in the 1980s

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