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ISBN:0415078091
Author: Graham McFee
ISBN13: 978-0415078092
Title: Understanding Dance
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Language: English
Category: Performing Arts
Publisher: Routledge (April 1, 1992)
Pages: 320

Understanding Dance by Graham McFee



This important book examines the aesthetics of dance. Philosophically rigorous, appropriately introductory, and genuinely focused, Understanding Dance provides comprehensive coverage of all the main areas surrounding dance. Features include an examination of both . ballet companies and a look at the work of critics on both sides of the Atlantic.

Understanding Dance book. Focusing on the work of a number of major choreographers, companies and critics Graham McFee explores the nature of our understanding of Dance by considering the practice of understanding dance-works themse Understanding Dance is a comprehensive introduction to the aestethetics of dance, and will be an essential text for all those interested in dance as an object of study. Focusing on the work of a number of major choreographers, companies and critics Graham McFee explores the nature of our understanding of Dance by considering the practice of understanding dance-works themselves.

Understanding Dance is a comprehensive introduction to the aestethetics of dance, and will be an essential text for all those interested in dance as an object of study. He concludes with a validation of the place of dance in society and in education. Troughout he provides detailed insights into the nature and appreciation of art as well as a general grouding in philosophy.

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1 His 1992 book, Understanding these two texts are outstanding monographs, Dance, following Francis Sparshott’s 1988 book, not just in the specific area of South Asian or Off the Ground: First Steps to a Philosophical Indian dance scholarship, but because they also. In light of this background, it comes as Works Cited no surprise that The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance, McFee’s follow-up to and extension of Kersenboom-Story, Saskia C. 1987. Understanding Dance, draws heavily on the lar- Nityasumangali: Devadasi Tradition in South ger body of rigorous literature that exists in Asia. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. the analytic aesthetics of both the concept of Meduri, Avanthi, ed.

Graham McFee has written a tremendous book on the aesthetics of dance. His discussion goes on for roughly 350 pages yet rarely becomes repetitive or obtuse. Understanding Dance" is not a practical guide to how to watch and quantify particular dance performances. There is no glossary, and you won't find a chart explaining the differences between jazz, tap, modern, and ballet dance styles. Still, its unique approach makes it a worthwhile and memorable read both for people deep in the world of dance and also for people just getting their feet wet.

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"Understanding Dance" provides a comprehensive introduction to the aesthetics of dance, and is aimed as an essential text for all those interested in dance as an object of study. By focusing on the work of a number of major choreographers, companies and critics, Graham McFee explores the nature of our understanding of dance by considering the "practice" of understanding dance-works themselves. He concludes with a validation of the place of dance in society and in education. Throughout he provides detailed insights into the nature and appreciation of art as well as a general grounding in philosophy. This book should be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates professionals and critics of dance and dance education.
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Tejar
Graham McFee has written a tremendous book on the aesthetics of dance. His discussion goes on for roughly 350 pages yet rarely becomes repetitive or obtuse. Much has been written on the aesthetics of many other art forms both high and low--music, painting, and architecture, for instance--even though most of us freely acknowledge that what makes these art forms wonderous and human is impossible to explain in plain language. Why are we moved by melody, drawn in my a painting, or surprised by a great building? It's possible to discuss these questions but not to pin down the answers. The wonderful thing is how these discussions become more pleasurable rather than less so because they have no definite end.

In this vein, McFee's lengthy book on the aesthetics of dance is not conclusive. Yet while McFee never pins down exactly why humans dance and enjoy watching others dance, he firmly nails down components of the answer that enrich and enliven thought and discussion on the subject of dance.

"Understanding Dance" is not a practical guide to how to watch and quantify particular dance performances. There is no glossary, and you won't find a chart explaining the differences between jazz, tap, modern, and ballet dance styles. Still, its unique approach makes it a worthwhile and memorable read both for people deep in the world of dance and also for people just getting their feet wet. Rather than being full of jargon and dancing fundamentals, this book takes a broad and high approach to the subject of dance. You won't learn the difference between a pirouette and a grand jeté, but you will understand much more deeply why it is so pleasurable and inspiring to watch a ballet troupe (or any group of dancers) perform.
Porgisk
". . . one of a very few comprehensive studies of dance by a serious philosopher, and he explores a wide range of important philosophical issues, from the identity of works of art in dance to the nature of crtitical reasoning." -- from my review for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 51 (Fall 1993), pp. 644-666.