Annual Report FY 2004 - Research at Cornell

15. Joyce Morgenroth, Theater, Film, and Dance

Speaking of Dance: Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on Their Craft (Routledge, 2004). Morgenroth juxtaposes the choreographic processes of some of America’s most engaging and revolutionary choreographers. Based on personal interviews, the book’s narratives reveal, among other things, Merce Cunningham’s unquenchable fascination with movement, Meredith Monk’s spiritual quest, Bill T. Jones’s desire to change the world, Trisha Brown’s engagement with structure, and Mark Morris’s profound musicality. Morgenroth shows how the ideas, craft, and passion that go into their work have led these choreographers to disrupt set forms and expectations: dancing on the sides of buildings, in city streets, in rivers and lakes; moving to music, sounds, speech, and silence; costumed in ordinary clothes, shredded leotards, or nothing at all. The history of dance in the making is revealed through the stories of these intelligent, articulate, and witty dancemakers.

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