Origin of Mime and Dance

Author: Mikhail Berkut

Publisher: Vanguard Press

ISBN: 9781784656119


Page: 388

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Mikhail Berkut is a critically acclaimed choreographer, stage producer and professional ballet teacher. Berkut has produced several videos on dance for adults and children. He has written many articles on dance for leading international magazines and is the author of several books, including his memoirs of his early family life and career in music and dance in his native Russia, North America and Europe. Origin of Mime and Dance is the culmination of his life's work. The result of decades of intensive research, Origin of Mime and Dance is an exploration of the motion of the human body and its gradual evolution from instinct to artifice - the long journey from unconscious reflex to self-conscious performance. The book is split into two sections: Natural Motion and Artificial Motion. Beautifully illustrated, it aims to clarify some basic principles regarding the anthropology and evolution of natural motion and its transformation into performed compositions. In the process, Berkut hopes to open up new ways of looking at these areas. 'Berkut's ability to tackle every subject from a practical, as well as an analytical point of view is always remarkable ... this comprehensive work fills an important gap ... It is a must for all dance-related organizations.' Hans-Theodor Wohlfahrt, Dance Critic and Historian '... a most important contribution to our knowledge of body movement in time and space, as an instrument of artistic expression.' Giorgio Tellan, Italian Art Historian

Northwest Anthropological Research Notes

Volume 34 Number 1

Author: Roderick Sprague,Deward E. Walker, Jr.

Publisher: Northwest Anthropology


Category: Social Science

Page: 138

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Radiocarbon Dating in Eastern Washington and in Western Washington - R. Lee Lyman Religious Background of Salish Aesthetics - Helmi Juvenon Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 52nd Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference, Newport, Oregon, 1999 A Summer Trip Among the Western Indians - Stewart Culin

The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded

Author: Wanda Strauven

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789053569443

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 460

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Twenty years ago, noted film scholars Tom Gunning and André Gaudreault introduced the phrase “cinema of attractions” to describe the essential qualities of films made in the medium’s earliest days, those produced between 1895 and 1906. Now, The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded critically examines the term and its subsequent wide-ranging use in film studies. The collection opens with a history of the term, tracing the collaboration between Gaudreault and Gunning, the genesis of the term in their attempts to explain the spectacular effects of motion that lay at the heart of early cinema, and the pair’s debts to Sergei Eisenstein and others. This reconstruction is followed by a look at applications of the term to more recent film productions, from the works of the Wachowski brothers to virtual reality and video games. With essays by an impressive collection of international film scholars—and featuring contributions by Gunning and Gaudreault as well—The Cinema of Attractions Reloaded will be necessary reading for all scholars of early film and its continuing influence.

Art and Intimacy

How the Arts Began

Author: Ellen Dissanayake

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 029599746X

Category: Art

Page: 268

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To Ellen Dissanayake, the arts are biologically evolved propensities of human nature: their fundamental features helped early humans adapt to their environment and reproduce themselves successfully over generations. In Art and Intimacy she argues for the joint evolutionary origin of art and intimacy, what we commonly call love. It all begins with the human trait of birthing immature and helpless infants. To ensure that mothers find their demanding babies worth caring for, humans evolved to be lovable and to attune themselves to others from the moment of birth. The ways in which mother and infant respond to each other are rhythmically patterned vocalizations and exaggerated face and body movements that Dissanayake calls rhythms and sensory modes. Rhythms and modes also give rise to the arts. Because humans are born predisposed to respond to and use rhythmic-modal signals, societies everywhere have elaborated them further as music, mime, dance, and display, in rituals which instill and reinforce valued cultural beliefs. Just as rhythms and modes coordinate and unify the mother-infant pair, in ceremonies they coordinate and unify members of a group. Today we humans live in environments very different from those of our ancestors. They used ceremonies (the arts) to address matters of serious concern, such as health, prosperity, and fecundity, that affected their survival. Now we tend to dismiss the arts, to see them as superfluous, only for an elite. But if we are biologically predisposed to participate in artlike behavior, then we actually need the arts. Even -- or perhaps especially -- in our fast-paced, sophisticated modern lives, the arts encourage us to show that we care about important things.