November 2016 new arrivals

Dear users, here are some of the new arrivals received by the library@esplanade in November. For more titles, do visit our library or browse our catalogue.

(All summaries and covers are from publishers/catalogue unless otherwise stated)

THEATRE

Applied theatre : facilitation : pedagogies, practices, resilience
Creator(s): Sheila Preston
Call No.: English 792 PRE -[ART]
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016
Format: Book
Summary:
Applied Theatre: Facilitation is the first publication that directly explores the facilitator’s role within a range of socially engaged theatre and community theatre settings. The book offers a new theoretical framework for understanding critical facilitation in contemporary dilemmatic spaces and features a range of writings and provocations by international practitioners and experienced facilitators working in the field. Part One offers an introduction to the concept, role and practice of facilitation and its applications in different contexts and cultural locations. It offers a conceptual framework through which to understand the idea of critical facilitation: a political practice that involves a critical (and self-critical) approach to pedagogies, practices (doing and performing), and resilience in dilemmatic spaces. Part Two illuminates the diversity in the field of facilitation in applied theatre through offering multiple voices, case studies, theoretical positions and contexts, and they apply a range of aesthetic forms: performance, process drama, forum, clowning and playmaking. Each chapter presents the challenge of facilitation in a range of cultural contexts with communities whose complex histories and experiences have led them to be disenfranchised socially, culturally and/or economically.

Billy Elliot : the musical live
Creator(s): Lee Hall (librettist, lyricist); Elton John (composer); Stephen Daldry (stage director)
Call No.: English 791.4372 BIL -[ART]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2015]
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
Summary:
A modern-day fairy tale of a young boy who exchanges boxing gloves for ballet shoe, is set during the 1980s miners’ strike in northern England. Based on the film.

London road
Creator(s): Alecky Blythe (author); Adam Cork (composer)
Call No.: English 822.92 BLY
Publisher: London : Nick Hern Books, [2011]
Format: Book
Summary:
In late 2006 the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. This experimental and challenging work is a highly acclaimed new musical at London’s National Theatre.

The Ruling Class
Creator(s): Peter Barnes
Call No.: English 822.914 BAR
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
Format: Book
Summary:
Etonians aren’t exactly noted for their grey matter, but I’ve always found them perfectly adjusted to society. Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle as his scheming family strives to uphold their reputation. Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy, Olivier Award-winning and Oscar-nominated-writer Peter Barnes’s razor-sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility. This edition of the play is published to coincide with the first-ever revival of this classic cult comedy at the Trafalgar Studios, London, on 16 January 2015.

Unbuttoned : the art and artists of theatrical costume design
Creator(s): E. Shura Pollatsek
Call No.: English 792.026 POL -[ART]
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2017
Format: Book (2nd edition)
Summary:
Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design documents the creative journey of costume creation from concept to performance. Each chapter provides an overview of the process, including designing and shopping; draping, cutting, dyeing, and painting; and beading, sewing, and creating embellishments and accessories. This book features interviews with practitioners from Broadway and regional theatres to opera and ballet companies, offering valuable insights into the costume design profession. Exceptional behind-the-scenes photography illustrates top costume designers and craftspeople at work, along with gorgeous costumes in progress.

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FILM

Child 44
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Call No.: English 791.4372 CHI-[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD
Summary:
In 1953 Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov loses status, power, and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa, as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili, who insists there is no crime in paradise.

Ghostbusters
Director: Paul Feig
Call No.: English 791.4372 GHO -[ART]
Rating: PG13
Formats available: DVD / Blu-ray
Summary:
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Letters from Mother Teresa
Director: William Riead
Call No.: English 791.4372 LET -[ART]
Rating: PG
Formats available: DVD
Summary:
Witness this intimate and moving portrait of Mother Teresa, tireless advocate for the poor and champion of the forgotten. This inspirational cinematic achievement spans over forty years of her incredible journey – from joining the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin to her travels to Darjeeling, from hearing the call to help the poorest of the poor to founding the Missionaries of Charity from her invaluable sacrifices in the slums of Calcutta to her receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.

The mermaid
Director: Stephen Chow
Call No.: English 791.4372 MER -[ART]
Rating: PG13
Formats available: DVD
Summary:
Xuan’s real estate project involved reclamation of the sea, threatening the livelihood of the residents who relied on the sea to make a living. Bearing family secrets, Shan was dispatched to stop Xuan. During their encounters, they fall in love with each other. Even though Xuan stopped the reclamation plan out of his love for Shan, Shan got injured in an accident and vanished into the sea.

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MUSIC

Can’t Stop the Feeling, 7 Years & More Hot Singles
Call No.: English 786.2164 CAN -[ART]
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, 2016
Format: Score (piano)
Summary:
Pop Piano Hits is a series designed for students of all ages! Each book contains five simple and easy-to-read arrangements of today’s most popular downloads. Lyrics, fingering and chord symbols are included to help you make the most of each arrangement. Enjoy your favorite songs and artists today! This edition contains: Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake) • H.O.L.Y. (Florida Georgia Line) • Just Like Fire (Pink) • Lost Boy (Ruth B.) • 7 Years (Lukas Graham).

Mariss Jansons conducts Giuseppe Verdi : Messa requiem
Creator(s): Mariss Jansons (conductor); Giuseppe Verdi (composer); Rundfunk Bayerischer Chor (singer); Rundfunk Bayerischer Orchester (instrumentalist)
Call No.: Others 782.3238 MAR -[ART]
Publisher: Halle (Salle), Germany] : Arthaus Musik, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Summary:
Conducting the brilliantly disposed Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons transforms the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein into a heavenly anteroom. From the very first hushed measures, the orchestra “once again impressively demonstrates its leading rank among the German orchestras” (Die Presse). The four outstanding soloists fuse together to project a vast range of emotions, from whispered reverence to emotional upheavals. While Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova has been closely associated with the Wiener Staatsoper for several years now, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya has been steadily building her international career, one major role after another. Albanian-born tenor Saimir Pirgu was chosen by Claudio Abbado at the young age of 22 to sing Ferrando in “Così fan tutte”. Bulgarian bass Orlin Anastassov, meanwhile, has established himself as a superb Verdi singer. Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” is in itself a work of superlatives: a towering structure of blazing brass, mighty choral masses and tour de force passages for four soloists… a work of deepest and most heartfelt intimacy… a mass for the dead without any mawkish undertones… quite possibly the foremost achievement in 19th-century liturgical music.

School of rock : the musical
Creators: Andrew Llyod Webber (composer); Julian Fellowes (librettist); Glenn Slater (lyricist)
Call No.: English 782.14 LLO -[ART]
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, 2016
Format: Score (piano/vocal)
Contents:
A dozen piano/vocal selections from the Tony Award-nominated 2015 musical adapted from the popular 2003 silver screen production of the same name. Our folio includes the new songs with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater and the title track by Mike White and Samuel Buonaugurio: Children of Rock • Here at Horace Green • Horace Green Alma Mater • I’m Too Hot for You • If Only You Would Listen • If Only You Would Listen (Reprise) • School of Rock • Stick It to the Man • Time to Play • When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock • Where Did the Rock Go? • You’re in the Band. This souvenir folio also includes full-color photos from the stage production and a note from Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Writing music for the stage : a practical guide for theatremakers
Creators: Michael Bruce
Call No.: English 781.552 BRU -[ART]
Publisher: London : Nick Hern Books, 2016
Format: Book
Contents:
The definitive guide to writing music for the stage, by the Composer-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse. Music has played a vital part in drama since the earliest days of theatre. For composers, writing music for the stage is an opportunity to exercise their utmost creativity and versatility: a good musical score will both support and enhance the play it serves, and can lift a prosaic moment into something quite extraordinary. In this book, Michael Bruce takes you through the entire process – from initial preparation, through composition, rehearsals and recording, and finally to performance.

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DANCE

Christmas oratorio : cantatas I-VI
Creator(s): John Neumeier (choreographer)
Call No.: Others 792.842 CHR -[ART]
Publisher: Berlin : C Major Entertainment, [2015]
Format: DVD
Summary:
John Neumeier choreographed the first three parts of Bach’s oratorio as a complete ballet in 2007. In 2013 he combined parts of the 2007 version with a newly created second part to the last three cantatas of the oratorio which is presented here as a new work.

Dance medicine in practice : anatomy, injury prevention, training
Creator(s): Liane Simmel
Call No.: English 617.10275 SIM -[HEA]
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
Format: Book
Summary:
Dance Medicine in Practice is the complete physical textbook for dance, written specifically to help dancers understand the anatomy, function and care of their bodies. Specific chapters are devoted to focusing on the spine, pelvis, hips, knees, feet, shoulders and arms. Each of these covers the following key aspects: Anatomy: bone structure, musculature, and function. How each part of the body moves and how it responds under pressure; Pitfalls: common examples of bad practice and the effect that these can have on the body; Self-analysis: how to become aware of and muscle groups and the capacity of each joint.; Injury prevention: tips and advice on how to best avoid and prevent injury both in training and everyday life; Exercises: simple and effective methods of strengthening, mobilising and relaxing joints and muscles; Checklists: dos and don’ts for the best dance technique. The best dancers know that looking after their bodies is the key to their success, and Dance Medicine in Practice also covers how to ensure the best possible nutrition, plan and manage training schedules, and ensure that injuries are kept to a minimum both in frequency and impact. It is the best possible companion to a life in dance.

Flowers cracking concrete : Eiko & Koma’s Asian/American choreographies
Creator(s): Rosemary Candelario
Call No.: English 792.82 CAN -[ART]
Publisher: London : Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
Flowers Cracking Concrete is the first in-depth study of the forty-year career of Eiko & Koma–two artists from Japan who have lived and worked in New York City since the mid-1970s, establishing themselves as innovative and influential modern and postmodern dancers. They continue to choreograph, perform, and give workshops across the United States and around the world. Rosemary Candelario argues that what is remarkable about Eiko & Koma’s dances is not what they signify but rather what they do in the world. Each chapter of the book is a close reading of a specific dance that reveals a choreographic theme or concern. Drawing on interviews, live performance, videos, and reviews, Candelario demonstrates how ideas have kinesthetically and choreographically cycled through Eiko & Koma’s body of work, creating dances deeply engaged with the wider world through an active process of mourning, transforming, and connecting.

Les patineurs ; Divertissements ; Scènes de ballet
Creator(s): Frederick Ashton (choreographer), Royal Ballet (dancer)
Call No.: English 792.845 PAT -[ART]
Publisher: London : Opus Arte, [2011]
Format: DVD
Summary:
Showcasing some of Ashton’s shorter works, this disc reflects the breadth of his sophisticated, elegant and widely popular style. Les Patineurs evokes the Edwardian skating rink, with all its youthful charm and humour, in contrast to Scènes de ballet, in which sharp geometric shapes and the music of Igor Stravinsky are combined to create one of Ashton’s most modernist works. Divertissements from eight Ashton ballets feature some of his most lyrical choreography, including pas de deux set to Romantic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Massenet. – Source: www.roh.org.uk

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ARTS CENTRAL

Audience engagement and the role of arts talk in the digital era
Creator(s): Lynne Conner
Call No.: English 790.2 CON -[REC]
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Format: Book
Summary:
“The ruling idea of Arts Talk is a simple one: audience pleasure is deeply tied up with the opportunity to interpret the meaning and value of the arts, and this pleasure is enhanced significantly when interpretation is made social. Conner analyzes the robust arts audiences of the past alongside contemporary participatory cultures to model a new paradigm for arts appreciation centered on audience-powered conversations, both live and digital. Topics discussed include learning and cognition in arts reception and the form and function of productive talk in the digital era. This book is a valuable resource for arts workers and audiences wishing to explore the environmental, social, and psychological conditions that allow us to engage meaninfully with the arts.”

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September/October 2016 New Arrivals

Dear users, here are some of the new arrivals received by the library@esplanade in September & October. For more titles, do visit our library or browse our catalogue.

(All summaries and covers are from publishers/catalogue unless otherwise stated)

FILM

Deadpool
Director: Tim Miller
Call No.: English 791.4372 DEA -[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD / Blu-ray
Summary:
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, the film tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Miss you already
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Call No.: English 791.4372 MIS -[ART]
Rating: NC16
Formats available: DVD
Summary:
A story of two women, whose lifelong friendship is put to the test when one of them finds out she has breast cancer and the other gets pregnant after years of unsuccessful attempts. It’s an honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly and Jess, as they navigate life’s highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything, secrets, clothes, even boyfriends, but nothing prepares them for the day Milly is hit with life-altering news. A story for every modern woman, it celebrates the bond of true friendship that ultimately can never be broken, even in life’s toughest moments.

Our brand is crisis
Director: David Gordon Green
Call No.: English 791.4372 OUR -[ART]
Rating: NC16
Formats available: DVD / Blu-Ray
Summary:
A failing Bolivian presidential candidate enlists the services of an American management team, led by “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a deeply damaged but brilliant strategist who comes out of self-imposed retirement for a chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy. With Candy working for the opposition, the race becomes a down-and-dirty battle political consultants, where nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.

The revenant
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Call No.: English 791.4372 REV -[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD / Blu-Ray
Summary:
Inspired by true events, an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald. Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.

Suffragette
Director: Sarah Gavron
Call No.: English 791.4372 SUF -[ART]
Rating: PG13
Formats available: DVD / Blu-Ray
Summary:
Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain. The story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst, Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life.

Truth
Director: James Vanderbilt
Call No.: English 791.4372 TRU -[ART]
Rating: M18
Formats available: DVD / Blu-Ray
Summary:
On the morning of September 9, 2004, veteran CBS News producer Mary Mapes believed she had every reason to feel proud of a broadcast journalism job well done. By the end of the day, Mapes, CBS News, and the venerable CBS News anchor Dan Rather would be under harsh scrutiny that would finally cost them their careers.

Zoolander 2
Director: David Gordon Green
Call No.: English 791.4372 ZOO -[ART]
Rating: NC16
Formats available: DVD / Blu-Ray
Summary:
Beloved model Derek Zoolander and his rival turned partner Hansel face a threat to their continued success.

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MUSIC

Ravel
Creator: Maurice Ravel (composer); Wang Yuja (instrumentalist)
Call No.: Others 786.2 RAV -[ART]
Publisher: Berlin : Deutsche Grammophon, 2015
Format: Music CD
Contents:
Piano Concerto in G major 1. Allegramente / Maurice Ravel — 2. Adagio assai — 3. Presto — Ballade in F sharp major for solo piano or piano & orchestra, Op. 19 / Gabriel Fauré — Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand) 1. Lento / Maurice Ravel — 2. Allegro — 3. Tempo I.

La rondine
Creator(s): Giacomo Puccini (composer)
Call No.: Others 782.1 PUC -[ART]
Publisher: Berlin : Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2016
Format: Blu-ray
Summary:
Puccini’s achingly beautiful score charmingly conveys the plight of Magda (the “swallow” of the title) who unexpectedly finds true love with the handsome young Ruggero. But their idyllic and happy life comes to an premature end as she is haunted by the fear that her checkered past will ruin his future. Real-life couple and operatic stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna portray Puccini’s star-crossed lovers. Ezio Frigerio’s elegant and sophisticated art deco sets add a dazzling touch to Nicholas Joël’s production, which premiered in 2008.

Der Rosenkavalier
Creators: Wiener Philharmoniker (performer)
Call No.: English 784.21843 STR -[ART]
Publisher: Germany : Unitel Classica, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Contents:
This unabbreveated version of Richard Strauss’ The Rosenkavalier from Salzburg Festival 2014 is staged by legendary Harry Kupfer. The cast includes Krassimira Stoyanova, Günther Groisböck, Sophie Koch, Mojca Erdman, Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

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DANCE

15 days of dance : the making of “Ghost light
Creator(s): Elliot Caplan (director, producer); Brian Reeder (choreographer)
Call No.: English 792.8 FIF -[ART]
Publisher: [Fremantle, Western Australia] : Contemporary Arts Media, [2010?]
Format: DVD
Summary:
Commissioned by Center for the Moving Image, University of Buffalo, Brian Reeder’s new work for the ABT Studio Company is a ballet for six dancers set to Music for the Theater by Aaron Copland and featuring costumes designed by Reeder. Caplan and his fellow cameraman caught the choreographic process at different angles, in varying light, in close up and in long shot. New York City peered through the room’s large windows as they filmed, and inside a powerful intimacy reigned over the action. Caplan’s idea was to establish with 15 Days of Dance a new standard of filmed dance preservation and at the same time to capture the choreographic process from the first step to its staged showing.

Autism movement therapy method : waking up the brain!
Creator(s): Joanne Lara with Keri Bowers
Call No.: English 616.891655 LAR -[HEA]
Publisher: London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016
Format: Book
Summary:
A practical guide to the innovative Autism Movement Therapy ® (AMT) approach – structured movement and music classes designed to stimulate the brain, aid sensory processing and decrease problem behaviours in children with autism spectrum disorders. Reflecting a growing interest in the body-brain connection, and incorporating the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, the AMT approach uses music and movement to develop audio, visual, gross motor and spatial awareness skills in children with autism. The book breaks down the components of the typical 45-minute session, from circle games to story dances, and explains how the reader can create their own AMT program. This exciting new approach will complement other therapeutic techniques for children on the autism spectrum and can be used by a wide range of professionals, such as teachers, arts therapists and dance instructors, as well as parents and carers.

Chaplin 
Creator(s): Mario Schröder (choreographer)
Call No.: Others 792.842 CHA -[ART]
Publisher: [Berlin, Germany] : EuroArts ; [Toulouse, France] : Les Films Figures Libres , [2014]
Format: DVD
Summary:
CHAPLIN – A ballet by Mario Schröder. The little guy with his moustache, his bowler hat and his bamboo cane is world famous. But, who is the man behind this figure? Mario Schröder wondered the same thing when choreographing ‘Chaplin’. His rise to fame makes Chaplin a person of public interest. The clown becomes political. America’s conservatives are, however, suspicious of Chaplin’s convictions. Suspected of communism, he is eventually expelled. The ballet describes Chaplin’s life in relation to his creative work and shows that an artist who observes his enviroment both sensitively and consciously is behind the funny Tramp. – Source: www.roh.org.uk

Dance’s duet with the camera : motion pictures
Creator(s): Telory D. Arendell ; Ruth Barnes (Eds.)
Call No.: English 792.8 DAN -[ART]
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
Dance’s Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures is a collection of essays written by various authors on the relationship between live dance and film. Chapters cover a range of topics that explore dance film, contemporary dance with film on stage, dance as an ideal medium to be captured by 3D images and videodance as kin to site-specific choreography. This book explores the ways in which early practitioners such as Löie Fuller and Maya Deren began a conversation between media that has continued to evolve and yet still retains certain unanswered questions. Methodology for this conversation includes dance historical approaches as well as mechanical considerations. The camera is a partner, a disembodied portion of self that looks in order to reflect on, to mirror, or to presage movement. This conversation includes issues of sexuality, race, and mixed ability. Bodies and lenses share equal billing.

In-between dance cultures : on the migratory artistic identity of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan
Creator(s): Guy Cools
Call No.: English 792.82 COO -[ART]
Publisher: Amsterdam : Valiz, 2015
Format: Book
Summary:
The work of Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (born 1976) and British-Bengali choreographer Akram Khan (born 1974), two of today’s most prolific choreographers, has in many ways defined the first decade of 21st- century dance. Both choreographers have extensively discussed identity as a significant concern, and both artists have positioned themselves biographically and in practice as working between dance cultures. Critic Guy Cools, who has followed the careers of both choreographers since their emergence, explores Cherkaoui and Khan’s work in this volume within larger critical debates about postmodern and post-migrant identity. Connecting the dancer’s awareness and knowledge of the body to the overdetermined identity of the “migrant body,” Cools offers in-depth readings of some of Cherkaoui and Khan’s most iconic dance pieces as critical engagements with the choreographers’ migratory experiences.

La fille mal gardée = The wayward daughter : a ballet in two acts
Creator(s): Frederick Ashton (choreographer)
Call No.: Others 792.842 FIL -[ART]
Publisher: London : Opus Arte, [2015]
Formats available: DVD & Blu-ray
Summary:
A classic in the Royal Ballet repertory, the Frederick Ashton choreographed La Fille Mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter) was an immediate hit with the British public at its 1960 premiere and garnered renewed praise during this 2015 revival.

Odori : Japanese dance dance_odori
Creator(s): Kasyo Matida
Call No.: English 793.31952 MAT -[REC]
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2016
Format: Book
Summary:
A complete introduction to traditional Japanese dance, this text will delight readers with its lively descriptions and beautiful illustrations. This book discusses Kabuki dance and modern dance movements based on Kabuki dance.

Public scholarship in dance : teaching, choreography, research, service, and assessment for community engagement dance_public-scholarship-in-dance
Creator(s): Lynnette Young Overby
Call No.: English 792.807 OVE -[ART]
Publisher: Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
Public Scholarship in Dance is a dance-specific guide that provides examples of what others have done and suggestions for ways dance educators can evaluate their own projects or work for scholarship. Complete with research, teaching, performance, assessments, and dissemination tools, it is a total package that supports dance educators in their professional development through public scholarship and community engagement. Author Lynnette Young Overby combines Kolb’s experiential education model with her three decades of experience as a dance educator to show how dance can be public scholarship as teaching, choreography, research, and service. Throughout the text, she shares examples of well-known dance educators who use the methodology to create community dance in a range of settings, including nursing homes, schools, community arts organizations, and underserved groups in the community.

Viscera ; Carmen ; Afternoon of a faun ; Tchaikovsky pas de deux
Creator(s): Liam Scarlett (choreographer), Jerome Robbins (choreographer), George Balanchine (choreographer), Carlos Acostas (choreographer); Royal Ballet (dancer)
Call No.: Others 792.845 VIS -[ART]
Publisher: London : Opus Arte, [2016]
Formats available: DVD & Blu-ray
Summary:
A gorgeous mixed programme from The Royal Ballet with contrasting works by two of the world’s greatest choreographers, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine, and two Royal Ballet home-grown talents: Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett and Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta. Scarlett’s sensual and energizing Viscera begins the programme; Afternoon of a Faun is Robbins’s exquisite response to Debussy’s langorous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Tchaikovsky Pas de deux is a bravura showpiece illustrating in miniature Balanchine’s neoclassical style; and Acosta’s Carmen, in which he also dances Don José in his farewell performance with The Royal Ballet, is a searingly dramatic reinterpretation of a timeless favourite. – Source: www.roh.org.uk

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THEATRE

Beyond immersive theatre : aesthetics, politics and productive participation
Creator(s): Adam Alston
Call No.: English 792.022 ALS -[ART]
Publisher: London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
Immersive theatre currently enjoys ubiquity, popularity and recognition in theatre journalism and scholarship. However, the politics of immersive theatre aesthetics still lacks a substantial critique. Does immersive theatre model a particular kind of politics, or a particular kind of audience? What’s involved in the production and consumption of immersive theatre aesthetics? Is a productive audience always an empowered audience? And do the terms of an audience’s empowerment stand up to political scrutiny? Beyond Immersive Theatre contextualises these questions by tracing the evolution of neoliberal politics and the experience economy over the past four decades. Through detailed critical analyses of work by Ray Lee, Lundahl & Seitl, Punchdrunk, shunt, Theatre Delicatessen and Half Cut, Adam Alston argues that there is a tacit politics to immersive theatre aesthetics – a tacit politics that is illuminated by neoliberalism, and that is ripe to be challenged by the evolution and diversification of immersive theatre.

China reinterpreted : staging the Other in Muromachi noh theater
Creator(s): Leo Shingchi Yip
Call No.: English 792.0952 YIP -[ART]
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
China Reinterpreted is the first comprehensive study on the representation of Chinese figures and motifs in Muromachi Japanese noh theater. Given that China had a strong influence on Japanese culture from the sixth to the early seventeenth centuries, research on Japanese reception of Chinese culture abounds. This book examines how noh theater integrated earlier reception of Chinese culture in various disciplines to produce its reinterpretation of China and Chinese culture on stage. Centering on a group of noh plays that features Chinese characters and motifs, China Reinterpreted explores not only the different means and methods of adaptation, but also the intricate (re)construction of diverse and complex images of China. This study situates the selected Chinese plays in the context of the dramaturgy and artistic conventions of noh, as well as the sociopolitical stances and artistic preferences of the audiences, and thus highlights the aesthetics, cultural, and sociopolitical agendas of noh theater of the time. By analyzing the various images of China (Japan s cultural Other) staged in Muromachi noh theater, China Reinterpreted offers a case study of the representation of the Other in an intra-Asia context.

Dramatherapy and autism
Creator(s): Deborah Haythorne & Anna Seymour (Eds.)
Call No.: English 616.8588206 DRA -[HEA]
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017
Format: Book
Summary:
Using extensive examples from practice with a range of client groups, Dramatherapy and Autism confronts the assumption that people with autism are not able to function within the metaphorical realms of the imagination and creativity. It demonstrates that not only are people who function along the spectrum capable of engaging in creative exploration, but that through encountering these processes in the clinical context of dramatherapy, changes can be made that are life enhancing. Bringing in cutting-edge research and practice on dramatherapy, Dramatherapy and Autism aims to contribute to developing the theory and practice of creative arts therapies interventions with clients with autism. The book is part of the Dramatherapy: approaches, relationships, critical ideas series, in which leading practitioners and researchers in the field develop the knowledge base of this unique discipline, whilst contextualising and acknowledging its relationship with other arts and therapeutic practices. Dramatherapy and Autism will be of interest to a broad spectrum of readers, such as dramatherapists in practice and training, arts practitioners and academic researchers engaged in multidisciplinary enquiry.

Edo kabuki in transition : from the worlds of the samurai to the vengeful female ghost
Creator(s): Satoko Shimazaki
Call No.: English 792.0952 SHI -[ART]
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
Satoko Shimazaki revisits three centuries of kabuki theater, reframing it as a key player in the formation of an early modern urban identity in Edo Japan and exploring the process that resulted in its re-creation in Tokyo as a national theatrical tradition. Challenging the prevailing understanding of early modern kabuki as a subversive entertainment and a threat to shogunal authority, Shimazaki argues that kabuki instilled a sense of shared history in the inhabitants of Edo (present-day Tokyo) by invoking “worlds,” or sekai, derived from earlier military tales, and overlaying them onto the present. She then analyzes the profound changes that took place in Edo kabuki toward the end of the early modern period, which witnessed the rise of a new type of character: the vengeful female ghost. Shimazaki’s bold reinterpretation of the history of kabuki centers on the popular ghost play Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan (The Eastern Seaboard Highway Ghost Stories at Yotsuya , 1825) by Tsuruya Nanboku IV. Drawing not only on kabuki scripts but also on a wide range of other sources, from theatrical ephemera and popular fiction to medical and religious texts, she sheds light on the development of the ubiquitous trope of the vengeful female ghost and its illumination of new themes at a time when the samurai world was losing its relevance. She explores in detail the process by which nineteenth-century playwrights began dismantling the Edo tradition of “presenting the past” by abandoning their long-standing reliance on the sekai. She then reveals how, in the 1920s, a new generation of kabuki playwrights, critics, and scholars reinvented the form again, “textualizing” kabuki so that it could be pressed into service as a guarantor of national identity.

New performance/new writing : texts and contexts in contemporary theatre
Creator(s): John Freeman
Call No.: English 792.022 FRE -[ART]
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Format: Book (2nd edition)
Summary:
New Performance/New Writing offers contextualisation and guidance on innovative approaches to writing for performance. It explores a wide range of performance practices, including immersive and solo theatre, autoethnography and applied drama.

Onnagata : a labyrinth of gendering in kabuki theater  
Creator(s): Maki Isaka
Call No.: English 792.0952 ISA -[ART]
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
Kabuki is well known for its exaggerated acting, flamboyant costumes and makeup, and unnatural storylines. The onnagata , usually male actors who perform the roles of women, have been an important aspect of kabuki since its beginnings in the 17th century. In a “labyrinth” of gendering, the practice of men playing women’s roles has affected the manifestations of femininity in Japanese society. In this case study of how gender has been defined and redefined through the centuries, Maki Isaka examines how the onnagata ‘s theatrical gender “impersonation” has shaped the concept and mechanisms of femininity and gender construction in Japan. The implications of the study go well beyond disciplinary and geographic cloisters.

Southeast Asian plays  
Creator(s): Cheryl Robson & Aubrey Mellor (Eds.)
Call No.: English 828.995902 SOU
Publisher: Twickenham : Aurora Metro Publications Ltd, 2016
Format: Book
Summary:
A unique collection of seven plays by playwrights from countries in South-East Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Covering topics as diverse as the global financial crisis, religious faith, the sex trade, corruption, and exploitation, these plays provide insight into the differing concerns of those living in a part of the world that is experiencing profound change.

Theatres of learning disability : good, bad, or plain ugly?  
Creator(s): Matt Hargrave
Call No.: English 791.087 HAR -[ART]
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Format: Book
Summary:
This is the first scholarly book to focus exclusively on theatre and learning disability as theatre – rather than advocacy or therapy. Matt Hargrave provocatively realigns many of the (hitherto unvoiced) assumptions that underpin such practices, and opens up a new set of critical questions. Stemming from a close engagement with the work of several very different theatre companies – including Mind the Gap (UK); Back to Back (Australia) – and unique solo artists such as Jez Colborne, this book shifts the emphasis from questions of social benefit towards a genuine engagement with aesthetic judgement. Hargrave examines the rich variety of contemporary theatrical practices in this field and spans a wide range of forms such as site specific, naturalistic and autobiographical performance. The book examines ways in which the learning disabled performer might be read on stage, and the ways in which s/he might disturb assumptions, not least about what acting or artistic authorship is. This is an important and timely study for all upper-level theatre and performance students and scholars alike, as well as a provocative contribution to debates within disability studies.

寻找多数 : 社会文化语境中的戏剧批评 = Searching for the multitude : criticisms of drama and theatre in contemporary socio-cultural contexts  
Creator(s): 孙柏
Call No.: Chinese 809.2 SB
Publisher: 北京市 : 中国戏剧出版社, 2015
Format: Book
Summary:
《寻找多数:社会文化语境中的戏剧批评》汇集了作者十年来的戏剧评论文章,展现一种从社会文化的批评视角展开的戏剧与剧场观察。这部戏剧评论集视野开阔、观点新颖、思想前沿,既把握了我国当代剧场艺术的动态结构,又具有对于中西方戏剧的整体认识和理论深度。特别是它紧密地结合着作者本人的剧场实践,希望为戏剧理论与批评的工作提供一种富于行动力的示范。- Source: www.amazon.cn

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ARTS CENTRAL

Intersecting cultures in music and dance education : an Oceanic perspective
Creator(s): Linda Ashley, David Lines (Eds.)
Call No.: English 792.807095 INT -[ART]
Publisher: [Cham] : Springer, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
This volume looks forward and re-examines present day education and pedagogical practices in music and dance in the diverse cultural environments found in Oceania. The book also identifies a key issue of how teachers face the prospect of taking a reflexive view of their own cultural legacy in music and dance education as they work from and alongside different cultural worldviews. This key issue, amongst other debates that arise, positions Intersecting Cultures as an innovative text that fills a gap in the current market with highly appropriate and fresh ideas from primary sources. The book offers commentaries that underpin and inform current pedagogy and bigger picture policy for the performing arts in education in Oceania, and in parallel ways in other countries.

Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2015
Creator(s): Harris M. Lentz III
Call No.: English 790.20922 LEN -[REC]
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
Format: Book
Summary:
The entertainment world lost many notable talents in 2015, among them actors Christopher Lee, Leonard Nimoy and Maureen O’Hara, director Wes Craven, blues legend B.B. King, jazz innovator Ornette Coleman and novelist E.L. Doctorow. Obituaries of performers, filmmakers, musicians, producers, dancers, composers, writers and others associated with the performing arts who died in 2015 are collected in this comprehensive reference work. Date, place and cause of death are provided for each, along with a career recap and a photograph. Filmographies are given for film and television performers.

Performing arts and therapeutic implications   
Creator(s): Tanvi Bajaj; Swasti Shrimali Vohra
Call No.: English 791.019 BAJ -[ART]
Publisher: New Delhi : Routledge, [2013]
Format: Book
Summary:
Analysing the ethnographic, social, historical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual facets of performing arts, this book highlights the deep therapeutic impact these have on the psyche of the practitioners and audience, using case studies from dance, music and drama, as also interviews and life narratives of artists.

The performing subject in the space of technology : through the virtual, towards the real   
Creator(s): Matthew Causey, Emma Meehan and Néill O’Dwyer (Eds.)
Call No.: English 700.105 PER -[ART]
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Format: Book
Summary:
Now that the shock of the virtual has subsided toward a ‘new-normal’ of computational interference in all areas of life, it is an advantageous moment to reflect on the passage through the virtual and back to the real. Digital culture has developed into a bio-virtual environment in which the categories of the biological and the virtual no longer stand as separate. The contributors to this volume respond to the questions raised by the ‘after-event’ of the digital through practice-led research analyses of performance processes, philosophical readings of the work of art and technology, and performance studies investigations of the subject in the spaces of technology. The volume examines a wide range of activities, from bio-art to internet child pornography, gaming and social networking technologies to the use of motion-tracking in developing choreography and documentation. The authors draw from diverse perspectives in dance, theatre, performance, film and music studies, digital arts and culture.

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