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Shakespeare and the Dance

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Got this press release from Dance Books this morning:

Dance Books is pleased to announce publication of "Shakespeare and the dance" by Alan Brissenden.


ISBN: 1 85273 083 8


Author: Alan Brissenden

PUBLISHER: Dance Books Ltd



SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback 160 pages 216 x 138mm

2 colour cover


Dancing was an essential part of life in Shakespeare's England, and it occurs in almost all of Shakespeare's plays from 1607 onwards. In this reprint of an essential text Dr. Brissenden shows that for Shakespeare it was also an accepted symbol of harmony, and was regularly used by him to express one of his major themes, the attempt to achieve order in a discordant world. The author, who is a dance critic as well as a Shakespearean scholar, has drawn on manuscript sources, a wide range of writings of the period, including dance manuals, and his own experience of dance and theatre to produce a book which is essential reading for students, scholars, theatre directors and all those interested in Renaissance dance and theatre.

DR. ALAN BRISSENDEN is a dance and theatre writer and broadcaster. His publications include 'Shakespeare and some others', the Oxford Shakespeare/World's Classics edition of 'As you like it', contributions to several books of reference including 'The International Encyclopaedia of ballet', 'The International Encyclopaedia of Modern Dance' and 'The Companion to Theatre in Australia. He is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of English in the University of Adelaide, from which he retired as Reader in 1994.

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[ December 05, 2001: Message edited by: alexandra ]

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