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Dancing Naturally

Nature, Neo-Classicism and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Dance

  • Alexandra Carter
  • Rachel Fensham

About this book


A renewed interest in nature, the ancient Greeks, and the freedom of the body was to transform dance and physical culture in the early twentieth century. The book discusses the creative individuals and developments in science and other art forms that shaped the evolution of modern dance in its international context.


dance dancing theatre

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexandra Carter
    • 1
  • Rachel Fensham
    • 2
  1. 1.Middlesex UniversityLondonUK
  2. 2.University of SurreyUK

About the editors

MADGE ATKINSON formerly choreographer, UK (deceased) THERESA JILL BUCKLAND Professor of Performing Arts, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK RAMSAY BURT Professor of Dance History, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK AMANDA CARD Lecturer in Performance Studies, University of Sydney, Australia SUSAN LEIGH FOSTER Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA, USA MICHAEL HUXLEY Researcher and Teacher, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK FIONA MACINTOSH Reader in Greek and Roman Drama, Fellow of St Hilda's College and Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford, UK LESLEY MAIN Lecturer in Humphrey Technique and Repertory, Middlesex University, UK KAREN VEDEL Postdoctorate Research Fellow in 'Dance in Nordic Spaces', Tampere University, Finland LIBBY WORTH Senior Lecturer in Theatre Practice, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Bibliographic information


'Foregrounding the work of the British 'natural movement' pioneers, whilst enlivening concepts of 'the natural' and 'natural movement' as they exist within a range of contexts, this exciting collection makes an important contribution to the field of dance studies. Intersecting detailed studies of a range of movement practices with historical and contemporary discourse the book is interdisciplinary in approach and will be of interest to a broad range of readers. Thoroughly enjoyable.'- Vida L Midgelow, University of Northampton, UK