Seriously, we didn't think a dance story in the West could be so funny.
The work published under the direction of Laura Cappelle has this merit, and many others.
Each chapter has been entrusted to a specialist in the subject.
This gives the dance research community a particular relief.
There had been no history of dance published in France for over a quarter of a century.
What was the point, we thought?
Dance, art of the moment, even the ephemeral, resists writing.
She often prefers oral transmission to notation, for which several systems have been developed.
The films when they exist represent a work without giving the context.
But this is crucial.
The history of dance is not limited to a dictionary of works, dancers or choreographers.
It is anchored in the way in which this or that society considers dance.
And often, beyond, the body.
The academics are trying to reweave a piece of dance history.
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