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An extremely underrated aspect of dance performance is the costuming. Placing a dancer in loose, flowing robes as opposed to tights and a dance belt changes the quality of movement, power, and feeling of a piece. Ken Browar and Deborah Ory of NYC Dance Project have a new book, The Style of Movement (Rizzoli,
$75), which combines their groundbreaking dance photography with costume designs from some of the most important names in fashion today, including Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Valentino (who also wrote the introduction to the book). In an interview, the authors said, “No one can move, or bring life to an item of clothing quite like a dancer. Even when you see a child put on a dress—they twirl in circles to see how it moves with them.” By working directly with the dancers to capture their own unique styles (both fashion and movement), Browar and Ory capture the spirits and authentic joy of the dancers, as well demonstrating that fashion is not a static art form but rather one as dynamic and vital as the dancers who bring them to life.

The Style of Movement: Fashion & Dance Cover Image
By Ken Browar, Deborah Ory, Valentino (Foreword by), Pamela Golbin (Introduction by)
$75.00
ISBN: 9780847864089
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Published: Rizzoli - September 24th, 2019

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“I want to do that,” said choreographer Mark Morris at age 9, asking for dance lessons after seeing the flamenco star José Greco perform. Enrolling at Vera Flowers Dance Arts in Seattle, he was “full-on committed,” learning both folk dances and ballet—and soon teaching other youngsters and making up dances. Joining Koleda, a Balkan dance collective, brought “many life-changing ideas and experiences: queer power, independence, dancing and singing together, rhythm, and a never ending interest in the musics, dances, and cultures of the world.” Years later, when he formed the Mark Morris Dance Group and started his Dance Center, he recreated those two formative institutions his own way. Out Loud (Penguin Press, $30)—co-written with novelist/musician Wesley Stace—is a fantastic memoir. It captures Morris’s voice: enthusiastic, honest, always curious, sweet, and funny (there are laugh-out loud asides on every page). Topics abound: from the importance of music in his dances (L’Allegro, The Hard Nut, the new Pepperland); directing opera; his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Lou Harrison, Mikhail Barishnikov, and Howard Hodgkin; keeping a troupe together and starting a school; his travels and friendships. Mark Morris has led a wonderful and creative life: hard-working, inspired, and inspiring.

Out Loud: A Memoir Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735223073
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Published: Penguin Press - October 22nd, 2019

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In their elegant folio, The Art of Movement (Black Dog & Leventhal, $50), photographers Ken Browar and Deborah Ory use agile lighting, premier color separation, and gorgeous black-and-white contrast to capture the graceful line and flow of dancers’ limbs, costumes, and torsos. Over the course of some three-hundred dazzling pages, these amazing photos are accompanied with insightful quotations on their principals—artists of such premier companies as The Royal Ballet, The Martha Graham Company, New York City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey, with solos by Misty Copeland, Robert Fairchild, Masha Dashkina Maddux, PeiJu Chien-Pott, and Lloyd Knight. The art of dance is an art of transcendence, and these images not only take bodies beyond their own immediate spaces, they fill space with a stunning suspension. These are dancers in an elemental state—appearing to be floating simultaneously in air and water. Anchored with choice design and weighted paper, The Art of Movement is a prime holiday selection for any dance enthusiast.

The Art of Movement Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780316318587
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 25th, 2016

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