How to Make Dances in an Epidemic

How to Make Dances in an Epidemic

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David Gere, who came of age as a dance critic at the height of the AIDS epidemic, offers the first book to examine in depth the interplay of AIDS and choreography in the United States, specifically in relation to gay men. The time he writes about is one of extremes. A life-threatening medical syndrome is spreading, its transmission linked to sex. Blame is settling on gay men. What is possible in such a highly charged moment, when art and politics coincide? Gere expands the definition of choreography to analyze not only theatrical dances but also the protests conceived by ACT-UP and the NAMES Project AIDS quilt. These exist on a continuum in which dance, protest, and wrenching emotional expression have become essentially indistinguishable. Gere offers a portrait of gay male choreographers struggling to cope with AIDS and its meanings.same plucky spirit, Price gestures mimetically, musical comedya€“ style. ... in The Wizard of Oz when the film goes from black-and-white to color, Price then suddenly reappears in top hat and tails, ... This is Pricea#39;s novelty act, a throwback to the days of the 1920s and 1930s vaudeville circuit, which he performs even as heanbsp;...

Title:How to Make Dances in an Epidemic
Author:David Gere
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2004-09-15


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