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Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland  

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(1900–1990)US composer, pianist, conductor, and writer. He was tireless in the cause of contemporary music and in creating an environment in which that music could flourish.Born in New York to a ...
acculturation

acculturation  

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[Th]Transference of ideas, beliefs, traditions, and sometimes artefacts by long‐term, personal contact and interaction between communities or societies. Adoption through assimilation by prolonged ...
acrobatics

acrobatics  

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Ancient popular entertainment. Petronius describes rope dancers and acrobats in the Satyricon. In thirteenth-century Bourbon, acrobats ‘somersaulted on the ground’, and by the sixteenth century ...
Adam de la Halle

Adam de la Halle  

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(b Arras, c.1245; d Naples, ?1288 or in England after 1306).Fr. trouvère, poet, and composer. Wrote in all genres current in 13th cent., both monophonic chansons and polyphonic motets. Few ...
Adolphe Appia

Adolphe Appia  

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(1862–1928),French-speaking Swiss artist whose theories on stage design, and particularly on stage lighting, had an immense influence on 20th-century methods of play production. He rejected the flat ...
Africa

Africa  

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This entry summarizes some of the main features of indigenous sub-Saharan African theatre and performance, concentrating on pre-colonial forms. For the syncretic forms which emerged after colonial ...
African Grove Theater

African Grove Theater  

The African Grove Theater, also known as the American Theater and the African Theater, entertained black and white New Yorkers from 1821 to 1823. The theater, founded by the former ...
Africanisms

Africanisms  

Africanisms refer to African cultural and linguistic practices that survived the passage across the Atlantic Ocean, including language, music, dance, medicine, folk culture, food preparation, and ...
agōgē

agōgē  

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The Spartan public upbringing. The Classical agoge, supervised by the paidonomos (‘boy‐herdsman’), embraced males aged 7–29. Only the immediate heirs to the kingships were exempt. There were three ...
Alain-René Lesage

Alain-René Lesage  

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(1668–1747)French playwright and novelist. Lesage went to Paris about 1690, writing comedies adapted from Spanish plays by Rojas and Lope de Vega. His first real successes came in 1707 ...
Alessandro Sanquirico

Alessandro Sanquirico  

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(born 27 July 1777 in Milan, died 12 March 1849 in Milan), Italian painter and set designer. Sanquirico first worked for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 1805, and ...
Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey  

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(b Rogers, Tex., 5 Jan. 1931; d New York, 1 Dec. 1989)US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied in Los Angeles with Horton and later with Graham, Holm, and Weidman in New York, making his ...
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, founded in 1958 by Alvin Ailey, is an internationally renowned modern dance company emphasizing Western and Afrocentric concert dance. Ailey was born in Rogers ...
Alwin Nikolais

Alwin Nikolais  

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(b Southington, Conn., 26 Nov. 1910; d New York, 8 May 1993)US dancer, choreographer, composer, designer, teacher, and director. He had an unconventional background for a dancer, working first as an ...
ancient Greek theatre

ancient Greek theatre  

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1. Origins of theatre in Greece; 2. Late Archaic and Classical Greek theatre (508–317 bc); 3. Hellenistic theatre (317–86 bc); 4. Greek theatre under the Roman Empire (86 bc–ad 692); 5. Greek ...
Andrei Serban

Andrei Serban  

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(b. 1943), director.The internationally known director, who uses minimalism, nontraditional music, and avant‐garde approaches to classic texts, was born in Bucharest, Romania, where his productions ...
ankiya nat

ankiya nat  

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Traditional dance-drama performed in the north-eastern state of Assam, India. Attributed to Sankaradeva (1459–1568), a saint-poet and social and religious reformer, the form dramatizes the avatars of ...
Anne Bogart

Anne Bogart  

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(1953– )American director. Bogart's early work was influenced by postmodern dance and by several stays in Germany, from which she returned intent on exploring American forms, themes, and writers. She ...
anthropology, theatre

anthropology, theatre  

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A term coined by Eugenio Barba in the late 1970s which he most recently defines as ‘the study of the pre-expressive scenic behaviour upon which different genres, styles, roles and ...
Antonio Cornazano

Antonio Cornazano  

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(also Cornazzano; born c.1430 in Piacenza, Italy, died December 1484 in Ferrara), Italian dancing master, theorist, humanist, and statesman. Cornazano came from one of Piacenza's leading noble ...

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