Traces of Light reviewed in Dance Research Journal

A review of Ann Cooper Albright’s Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loie Fuller is found in the Summer 2010 edition of Dance Research Journal.

“Cooper Albright’s research method—an ‘embodied approach’—is dictated by her own career as a dancer and much ‘gut feeling.’ Her flamboyant appropriation of Fuller is physical as well as intellectual. The attempt at reconstructing, or more precisely, experiencing, the physical aspect of Fuller’s performances dictates her understanding and analysis of the choreographies. The exploration begins as we witness the performer slipping into the costume and preparing for the performance; this performer is Cooper Albright. … Kinetic knowledge opens a vital dimension that purely literary examinations of dance often miss or misunderstand.” -Marion Kant, Dance Research Journal, Summer 2010

Sensational Knowledge reviewed in the Journal of Asian Studies

“With Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance, Tomie Hahn has produced an extraordinary study of the complex ways in which nihon buyô, a form of traditional Japanese dance, is transmitted and translated between bodies. Hahn mines her lifelong experience as a dancer in the Tachibana school as a means of exploring how culture comes to be embodied, refigured, and passed on through this art form. Her thoughtful analyses build from this lived experience as the ground upon which the cogent, meticulous, narrations that she develops can inform the reader most clearly, and signify with the utmost richness and intensity.”
Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 69,  Issue 1

Martha Hill reviewed in Dance Teacher magazine

Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance, by Janet Mansfield Soares,  was reviewed in the February issue of Dance Teacher magazine.

“In a nutshell: A lively portrait of Martha Hill’s formative role in modern dance in the United States. Martha Hill’s story as a catalyst in the development of American contemporary dance is often overshadowed by the likes of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey. But author Janet Mansfield Soares does justice to the often unsung heroine by shedding light on her struggles and dedication to turning the artform into a serious area of study.”

­­–Dance Teacher, February 2010

Martha Hill reviewed in Back Stage

Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance, by Janet Mansfield Soares, was reviewed in Back Stage magzine.

“One of the finest dance biographies I have ever read, Soares’ work represents the perfect blend of colorful and pertinent factual details and larger contextualizing ideas. I was amazed at how quickly I whizzed through the lengthy volume and how much I learned about a topic with which I was already very familiar. If you know little about Hill and modern dance, this book will introduce you to fascinating information. If you know quite a bit about the subject, it will captivate you even more.” -Lisa Jo Sagolla, Back Stage