The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body
Contributions by Kelsie Acton, Kate Z. Davies, Lindsay M. Eales, Carolyn Millar and Jodie Vandekerkhove
Dance has become increasingly visible within contemporary culture: just think of reality TV shows featuring this art form. This shift brings the ballet body into renewed focus. Historically both celebrated and critiqued for its thin, flexible, and highly feminized aesthetic, the ballet body now takes on new and complex meanings at the intersections of performance art, popular culture, and fitness. The Evolving Feminine Ballet Body provides a local perspective to enrich the broader cultural narratives of ballet through historical, socio-cultural, political, and artistic lenses, redefining what many consider to be "high art." Scholars in gender studies, folklore, popular culture, and cultural studies will be interested in this collection, as well as those involved in the dance world.
Contributors: Kelsie Acton, Marianne I. Clark, Kate Z. Davies, Lindsay Eales, Pirkko Markula, Carolyn Millar, Jodie Vandekerkhove
About the Authors
"In this unique text, Markula and Clark have edited a collection of essays that explore the transformation of the ballet body alongside an inquiry into the history and meaning of ballet. In addition to being dancers themselves, the contributors are scholars from a range of backgrounds, including gender studies, occupational therapy, and kinesiology.... Of particular interest is the book's emphasis on the different ways ballet dancers experience their bodies.... A fascinating work." C. Hauff, CHOICE Magazine, November 2018—C. Hauff, CHOICE Magazine
" for dance research coming from outside a dance studies context, the dance expertise of these authors grounds the work, giving it additional credence. Here, 'evolving' refers to certain specific and contextual mediatizations and negotiations of this oft-celebrated and sometimes vilified 'feminine ballet body' in decidedly contemporary contexts."—P. Megan Andrews, University of Toronto Quarterly, Summer 2020
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