Isadora Duncan's Neck processes through the odd, grim, and unintentionally humorous history of dance, uncovering strange stories and weird facts.
These dark tales of murder, rivalry, insanity, and more reveal all sorts of grim goings-on, proving that--for dancers--life was not just one grand plié. Stories include:
From Roman Bacchanals to medieval and Renaissance dancing plagues, from the bloody world of ballet to scandals, ghosts, spirit possessions, superstitions, and more, you will attend a grand ball of the bizarre that shows just how awful dancers, choreographers, and even audience members have been to each other over the centuries.
SubtitleDark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Dance
AuthorBy Tim Rayborn, By Abigail Keyes
Published4 September 2018
FormatElectronic book text
Illustrationsb/w photos and illustrations.
About the author
Abigail Keyes is a dance instructor, performer, and writer, specializing in dances of the Middle East and Orientalism in the United States. She has taught on five continents and holds an MA in Dance Studies from Mills College. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Tim Rayborn writes on a variety of historical and musical topics, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century. He has a PhD from the University of Leeds in England. He is also a professional musician, with a specialty in medieval repertoire, and the author of Beethoven's Skull and Shakespeare's Ear. He lives in Berkeley, California.