Origin of Mime and Dance
Published by DanceBooks
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