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On Stage Alone: Soloists and the Modern Dance Canon

Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy

Abstract

Soloists ignited the modern dance movement and have continued to renew it. These self-fashioned artists represent the individuality inherent in modernism—the arts movement that arose in the late 1800s—and its successor, postmodernism. Omitting well-documented pioneers, eight notable writers examine a roster of iconoclasts, male and female, whose careers shaped cultural attitudes worldwide. The perils and rewards of a soloist's life become clear. The role of government support is also addressed.

Keywords: solo dance, modern dance, individuality, modernism, iconoclasts, male dancers, careers, cultural attitudes, government support

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813040257
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813040257.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Gitelman, editor

Barbara Palfy, editor