New Directions in Ancient Pantomime
ISBN: 0199232539
EAN13: 9780199232536
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 15, 2009
Pages: 504
Dimensions: 1.42" H x 8.66" L x 5.51" W
Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

New Directions in Ancient Pantomime

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This is the first comprehensive and illustrated study of the most important form of theatre in the entire Roman Empire - pantomime, the ancient equivalent of ballet dancing. Performed for more than five centuries in hundreds of theatres from Portugal in the West to the Euphrates, from Gaul to North Africa, solo male dancing stars - the forerunners of Nijinsky, Nureyev, and Baryshnikov - stunned audiences with their erotic costumes, subtlety of gesture, and dazzling athleticism. In sixteen specially commissioned and complementary studies, the leading world specialists explore all aspects of the ancient pantomime dancer's performance skills, popularity, and social impact, while paying special attention to the texts that formed the basis of this distinctive art form.

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