By Jennifer Homans
For greater than 400 years, the paintings of ballet has stood on the middle of Western civilization. Its traditions function a checklist of our previous. Lavishly illustrated and fantastically instructed, Apollo's Angels--the first cultural historical past of ballet ever written--is a groundbreaking paintings. From ballet's origins within the Renaissance and the codification of its uncomplicated steps and positions below France's Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the artwork shape wound its approach in the course of the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. within the 20th century, émigré dancers taught their artwork to a new release within the usa and in Western Europe, atmosphere off a brand new and radical transformation of dance. Jennifer Homans, a historian, critic, and previous expert ballerina, wields a data of dance born of devoted perform. Her admiration and love for the ballet, asEntertainment Weekly notes, brings "a dancer's grace and sure-footed agility to the page."
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40 Jones’s draw- montano_a_b_i-xvi_001-538 10/30/00 16:09 Page 27 27 Shall We Talk? ing, Piper’s flying, and Montano’s practices of paying attention, visualizing, conceptualizing, or inducing out-of-body experiences are ways of confronting the unknown, including the fear of death. ” Linda Montano’s Power-Sharing Games . . the interview belongs, to put it casually, to an inescapable social game. ROLAND BARTHES, IN THE GRAIN OF THE VOICE: INTERVIEWS 1962–1980 Montano is the originator and central organizing force for Performance Artists Talking, and an ethnographer of her own community of performance artists.
She transcribes the montano_a_b_i-xvi_001-538 10/30/00 16:09 Page 29 29 Shall We Talk? recorded interviews, but then opens the text for revision, offering the artists an opportunity to rethink the content of their interviews without her narrative intervention. Through these power-sharing gestures, she diffuses the “ethnographic authority” in both the interviews and their written transcription. The artists are invited to join with her in the creation of the work. Notes I thank Linda Novak for dialogue and sharing her insights into this work.
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