Modern Dance in East and Southeast Asia

Authored by: Jukka O. Miettinen

The Modernist World

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415845038
eBook ISBN: 9781315778334
Adobe ISBN: 9781317696162


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In the Asian context, the term ‘modern dance’ is problematic. Firstly, the generic term ‘dance’ is not known in all Asian languages, as different dance or dance-drama genres and their performers have their own specific names. It is not always possible to classify the stage arts as either nonverbal ‘dance’ or spoken ‘theatre’. Secondly, in the West, many modern dance pioneers rejected the conventions of classical ballet, whereas in Asia there was no ballet tradition at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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