Fleming, Bruce E.
Sex, Art, and Audience
Year of Publication: 2000
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2000. XI, 316 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-4476-5 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.440 kg, 0.970 lbs
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Sex, Art, and Audience responds to and discusses issues raised by ballet, modern dance, and non-Western performances during the 1980s and 1990s. The essays examine the subject of gender and sexuality in performances, the relationship of the dance performance to its audience, and the important but puzzling fact that dance, alone amongst art forms, lacks a reproducible text. In addition, these essays consider the development of classical style in the works of modern choreographic masters such as George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Merce Cunningham. Through its five chapters, Sex, Art, and Audience develops an aesthetic stance of contextual viewing: dance is most productively seen in its place among other art forms, and the arts collectively as a constituent, if distinct, part of our lives as a whole.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Bruce E. Fleming, a native of Maryland's Eastern Shore, graduated from Haverford College and subsequently studied at the universities of Chicago, Munich, West Berlin, Siena, and Vanderbilt. He is the author of a novel, Twilley, and four books on modernism and aesthetics. Three of these (Caging the Lion: Cross-Cultural Fictions; Structure and Chaos in Modernist Works; and Modernism and Its Discontents) have been published by Peter Lang. A professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy, he has written for many dance publications and is a past president of the U.S. Dance Critics Association.
«Bruce Fleming is a professor - raised on Balanchine and serious music - who is confronting the multicultural spectrum of contemporary dance. The results are crotchety and splenetic, sometimes incisive, sometimes prolix, always literate, often fascinating.» (Elizabeth Zimmer, 'The Village Voice')
New Studies in Aesthetics. Vol. 30
General Editor: Robert Ginsberg