This succinct and engaging text explores the interdependence between theatre and dance. Making a compelling case for the significance of resisting genre distinctions in the arts, Kate Elswit demonstrates why and how the ampersand between theatre and dance needs to be understood as the rule, rather than the exception. This illuminating guide focuses on the interconnected ecosystems of practice that constitute performance history, the expansion of theatre and dance forms on contemporary North American and European stages, and the disciplinary methods that scholars use today to understand such practices, both past and present.
Accessible and affordable, this is an ideal resource for theatre students and lovers everywhere.
About the Author
Kate Elswit is Reader in Theatre and Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, UK, and author of Watching Weimar Dance (2014). She has won four major awards for scholarly publications―the Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize from the Congress on Research in Dance, the Gertrude Lippincott Award from the Society of Dance History Scholars, the Biennial Sally Banes Publication Prize from the American Society for Theatre Research, and honorable mention for the Joe A. Callaway Prize.
Table of Contents
“Theatre,” “&,” “Dance”.- Interlude: Participatory Theatre Does Dance Marathons.- Interconnected Histories.- Interlude: Verbatim Theatre Does Bharatanatyam.- Expanding Forms.- Interlude: Dance History Does Greek Tragic Drama.- Overlapping Methods.- Interlude: Downtown Dance Does Musical Theatre.- Conclusion.- Outrolude: European Dance Theatre does European Vernacular Dance and Theatre
What People are Saying About This
A brilliantly lucid account of the tangled histories and contemporary partnership of theatre and dance. – Susan Manning, Northwestern University, USA.
The ideal guide to the complex entanglements of theatre and dance. A distillation of Elswit's expertise, broad in scope and rich in elegantly formulated insights. – Nicholas Ridout, Queen Mary University of London, UK.
The book was excellent ... If you work in a department of Theatre and Dance and you have an annual department retreat, I do think everyone should buy this book and read it and talk about it together. – On TAP Podcast.
Theatre & Dance is an endlessly useful book […] Elswit’s text manages the difficult task of distilling with energy, clarity, and insight an interdisciplinary and often contentious conversation about performance histories, aesthetics, and practices. – Ariel Nereson, University at Buffalo, SUNY in Theatre Survey (2019)