Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday (Paperback)

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Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday (Paperback)
By Jordan Matter

Photographer Jordan Matter’s Dancers Among Us presents one thrilling photograph after another of dancers leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking – but in the midst of daily life: on the beach, at a construction site, in a library, and in other unexpected places. Dancers Among Us celebrates life in a way that’s fresh, surprising, and original.

“In his shots of dancers in flight on sidewalks and city streets – excitable superheroes among us – Matter has produced a series of mini-musicals, frozen in time but full of energy.” – The Washington Post

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Dimensions: 7.8” W x 0.9” D x 9.1” H

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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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