Dance Index

The journal Dance Index was founded by Lincoln Kirstein in 1942. Over the following seven years, 56 issues were published, presenting original scholarship on a wide range of dance subjects. In the spirit of its predecessor, the new Dance Index examines the multi-dimensional richness and diversity of the world of dance. Its intention is to surprise and excite a general audience with a new level of understanding and appreciation of the real and critical importance of dance in contemporary culture. 

New Issue

Merce's Way

By Nancy Dalva

DANCE INDEX, Volume 10

No. 1, Spring 2019

ISBN: 978-0-87130-082-9

28 pages, 19 illustrations


This new issue of Dance Index presents the historical conversations between the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham and the dance scholar Nancy Dalva. In these pages, readers will discover there was less improvisation than conventionally thought to the structure of Cunningham's choreography; that Merce sustained a level of respect for his collaborators that ensured an environment of freedom and synergy; and that he was not only a taskmaster to the principles of his vision but also a man of wit and whim.

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