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New book by dance professor Mark Franko

In his new book, Excursion for Miracles: Paul Sanasardo, Donya Feuer, and Studio for Dance, theater arts professor Mark Franko reexamines the overlooked early choreographic achievements of Sanasardo and Feuer, whose Studio for Dance in New York City was a bastion of early postmodern dance in the 1950s and a precursor for the radical changes in art and thought of the 1960s.

Cover of Excursion for Miracles by Mark Franko

A dancer with the company for five years (1964-1969), Franko delivers a firsthand account of his experiences, combining personal anecdotes with an extensive knowledge of ethnography, critical theory, and dance history. His perspective contains both a dance scholar's theoretical expertise and the visceral recollections of a dancer emotionally connected to a body of work. Seventy-five black-and-white photographs accompany the text.

Franko has presented his work internationally since 1985 with his company NovAntiqua. He is also the author of The Work of Dance: Labor, Movement, and Identity in the 1930s, Dancing Modernism/Performing Politics, Dance as Text: Ideologies of the Baroque Body, The Dancing Body in Renaissance Choreography, and coeditor of Acting on the Past: Historical Performance Across the Disciplines. For more information, contact Wesleyan University Press at (860) 685-7723.

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