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.
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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