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UI Press publishes new history of modern dance

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The personalities and cultural tides that make modern dance one of the liveliest and most unpredictable of the arts come alive in renowned dance critic Jack Anderson's comprehensive new history from the University of Iowa Press.

In "Art without Boundaries: The World of Modern Dance," Anderson follows the changes modern dance has undergone since its beginnings in the late 19th century to thriving status around the world today.

Loie Fuller, Maud Allan, and Isadora Duncan are just a few of the pioneering choreographers whose work and influence Anderson examines. He also examines the reformist social and educational ideas, troubled political times, the menace of fascism in Europe, and other cultural influences that have affected dance this century.

"[I]n 'Art without Boundaries' Jack Anderson hails modern dance in its full boldness and clarity," says Doris Hering, senior editor of Dance Magazine. "With characteristic warmth, he also introduces us to many fascinating new personalities."

Anderson, whose colorful writing on dance has appeared in The New York Times, Dancing Times, Dancing Magazine and other publications, is a noted dance critic. He is also an accomplished and widely published poet.

In conjunction with the publication of "Art without Boundaries," the UI Press also is reissuing in paperback the 1987 book, "Choreography Observed," a collection of Anderson's reviews and journalistic pieces on dance.

"Art without Boundaries: The World of Modern Dance " is available at bookstores nationwide for $34.95 clothbound. "Choreography Observed" is available in paperback for $12.95. Both books can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

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