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Movies, Moves and Music

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Dance on film has never been more relevant or compelling. From Saturday Night Fever, to Black Swan and the Step Up series of street dance movies, mainstream cinema has engaged, entertained and instructed generations of audiences, young and old, in the power of dance to shape bodies and desires. Music and sound are an indelible part of this phenomenon. Music not only motivates dance, it provides the affect that engages issues of sexuality, gender, ethnicity, power and pleasure, present in the dance. Cinematic dance inhabits a particular set of sound worlds, from the intimate to the epic, that place movement and music in a complex frame of engagement for all the senses. This volume explores the relationships between movement, music and sound as they appear in a variety of screen dance genres. From a historical foundation, Movies, Moves & Music takes a multidisciplinary approach to the consideration of teen dance films, screen dance, pastiches and parodies of historic dance genres, and Bollywood musicals, ending with a phenomenological account of the interaction of the moving body with the world. Films considered include Centre Stage, Flashdance, Across The Universe, 1941, Honey, the Step Up films, and many more. This volume gets to the heart of the impact of screen dance on contemporary culture.

Published: Jan 15, 2016


Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements Mark Evans, Mary Fogarty
Chapter 1
The Sonic World of Dance Films Mary Fogarty, Mark Evans
Chapter 2
From Choreocinema To Experimental Screendance: A Personal Archaeology Greg Faller
Chapter 3
From Beat Street to Step Up 3D: The Sound of Street Dance Films Mary Fogarty
Chapter 4
Space, Authenticity and Utopia in the Hip-Hop Teen Dance Film Faye Woods
Chapter 5
The School and ‘The Streets’: Race, Class, Sound, and Space in Step Up and Step Up 2 Brian Chung, Afia Oforia-Mensa
Chapter 6
The Essence and Momentum of Honey: An Interplay of Sound and Movement Diane Hughes
Chapter 7
Gone in a Flash(dance): The Estrangement of Diegetic Performance in the 1980s Teen Dance Film Kelly Kessler
Chapter 8
‘Anything But Ballet’: Individuality, Genre-Bending, and Sexual Expression in Center Stage Gillian Turnbull
Chapter 9
Zoot Suit Mayhem: Swing Dance and the Skewed History in Steven Spielberg’s 1941 Philip Hayward, Jon Fitzgerald
Chapter 10
Across the Universe and Nostalgia: Re-presenting the Beatles Through Moving Images and Dancing Bodies Colleen Dunagan, Roxane Fenton
Chapter 11
Looking for the Past in Pastiche: Intertextuality in Bollywood Song-and-Dance Sequences Usha Iyer
Chapter 12
The Call to Rize Megan Todd
Chapter 13
Resounding Neurological Ecologies: Choreographing the Body’s Lost Interactions with the World Sarah-Mace Dennis
End Matter
Index Mark Evans, Mary Fogarty

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