[Local events] FWD: Tue 12/1, Megan Pugh at Powell's
david at thetextgarage.com
Sun Nov 15 23:03:25 PST 2015
talking about her new book
*/America Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk/*
*Tuesday, December 1*
1005 W. Burnside
An exuberant history of American dance, told through the lives of
virtuoso performers who have defined the art.
Using the stories of tapper Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Ginger Rogers and
Fred Astaire, ballet and Broadway choreographer Agnes de Mille,
choreographer Paul Taylor, and Michael Jackson, Megan Pugh shows how
freedom—that nebulous, contested, American ideal—emerges as a
In Pugh's account, ballerinas mingle with slumming thrill-seekers, and
hoe-downs show up on elite opera house stages. Steps invented by slaves
captivate British royalty and the Parisian avant-garde. Dances were
better boundary-crossers than their dancers, however, and the issues of
race and class that haunt everyday life shadow American dance as well.
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