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Abstract #2 - Martin’s first chapter of The Dance in...

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C. Nagrin, The Ethics of Aesthetics (2001). In Choreography and the Specific Image , Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. Nagrin discusses, in Chapter 19 of Choreography and the Specific Image , how many writers of art may dismiss dance as a powerful art form. He believes writers say this because there have been no significant technological advances in dance and how people have turned to formalism. However Nagrin believes that imitation or storytelling doesn’t bring art down but in fact dignifies it. Nagrin also believes that body movement and gestures, a.k.a. dance, refine all the other fine arts. Nagrin touches on the fact that many artists might not even be able to express themselves in the way they would like to due to corporate sponsorships or financial backers. He also discusses how amateurs and woman have affected the aesthetics of dance. D. Martin, J. (1965). The Nature of Movement. In The Dance in Theory . Princeton: Princeton Book Company, pp. 1-25.
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Unformatted text preview: Martin’s first chapter of The Dance in Theory talks about how both the dancer and the audience need to create movement towards the work to understand it. One must react to the piece and break it down before the piece even means anything. The audience will always bring something to the piece whether it is their past experience or their experiences while watching the piece. He also talks about action and thought; thought being most important while looking at dance. He believes dance needs to communicate with people. He describes a movement sense as a “sixth sense which concerns not so much the outside world directly as that elaborate and intricate world which is comprised in the body itself.” Martin recognizes that movement happens everyday in reaction to everything and he expresses it must also happen in dance. He believes audiences must use the “inner mimicry” and past experiences to make a dance worth anything....
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