Synopsis

Origin of Mime and Dance

Origin of Mime and Dance $89.99

Mikhail Berkut

Published by DanceBooks

An extensive investigation into the origins of mime and dance, covering the subject matter in considerable detail

Encouraged as early as 1975 by his mentor and teacher Professor A V Shatin at the Moscow Theatre Institute, this work is the culmination of its author's life long interest in 'the phylogenetic transformation of natural everyday movements, gestures, and mimicry into the motions of body language and the performing arts'

The book is divided into two parts: part I dealing with the genesis of communication and the evolution of mimetic culture, and part II considering sacred ceremonies and secular events, and ritual dance as a key activity

A large format book, heavily illustrated, and running to nearly 400 pages

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