Originally posted by Louciee_lou:
can you recommend any books i could order to buy or loan froma library? I live in a small town and the library here does not have any information on dance as a a subject...just performing arts and drama as a grouped subject.
Here is are my lists of books and online essays.
Some of these essays you can get off the web, woohoo! http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=eae8129.0403111041.1b065024%40posting.google.com&output=gplain http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&frame=right&th=1e438f6084fefd07&seekm=eae8129
I would suggest anything by Ann Cooper Albright. Her book as well as her readers. However, ACA can be quite dense for someone who's not used to academic type of writing. Do you know what phenomenology is? Essentialism? If you don't, then forget it...
Try some of the things in these readinglists I gave you and see what you can read *and understand*. For a beginner, I think it's much more important to use something that you can understand completely, than to argue for a point using essays/books that barely make any sense except for a few nice paragraphs here and there.
I think you might like this one: http://users.fmg.uva.nl/aaalten/whatever_happened_to_Olga_de_Haas.html
Anna Aalten is a very prestigious dance scholar here in the Netherlands. I graduated from the same Uni she works for.
Hope this helps!