Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance by Sally Banes

Terpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance by Sally BanesTerpsichore in Sneakers: Post-Modern Dance by Sally Banes
  • Year2018
  • Edition3000
  • Pages312
  • BindingPaperback
  • Price600 RUB
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Terpsichore in Sneakers offers the first critical review of the history of post-modern dance—an avant-garde style that emerged in the USA in the 1960s.

One of the leading historians and theorists of contemporary dance, Sally Banes, reviews the development of post-modern dance in the America of the 1960s and 1970s. The book looks at ten influential choreographers and dancers, including Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Meredith Monk, and the Grand Union dance group. Banes describes their key works, analyses their styles, ideas, and techniques, and explains why each of them created a stir in the dance world.

American culture of the 1960s was characterised by active collaborations across the arts: painters, sculptors, composers, and dancers took part in each other’s projects, which allowed everyone to enrich their practice. "Sources outside dance," Banes writes, "were equally important for the revolutionary notions of the post-modern choreographers, who found structures and performance attitudes in new music, film, the visual arts, poetry, and theatre—especially in Happenings <…>."

Terpsichore in Sneakers is the second book published in the GARAGE DANCE series devoted to contemporary dance. The series opened with Martha Graham’s Blood Memory. Planned releases in the series include


Sally Banes (b. 1949) is not only a dance critic and historian, but also played an active part in the development of contemporary dance in America. After studying ballet as a child, she took classes from acclaimed choreographers Martha Graham (1894–1991) and Merce Cunningham (1991–2009) during her student years. She has also danced in shows by Simone Forti, Kenneth King, and Meredith Monk—all featured in Terpsichore in Sneakers—made a documentary on Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and choreographed several contemporary dance pieces herself. Banes has been writing on dance for American papers and journals, including Dance Magazine and Dance Research Journal, since the early 1970s, and has taught the history of dance in American universities since the early 1980s. She is the author of Democracy's Body: Judson Dance Theater, 1962–1964 (1993) and Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage (1998).