Australia Dances: Creating Australian dance 1945–1965 edited by Alan Brissenden and Keith Glennon

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September 2010, no. 324
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Australia Dances: Creating Australian dance 1945–1965 edited by Alan Brissenden and Keith Glennon

Wakefield Press $70 hb, 270 pp

Australia Dances: Creating Australian dance 1945–1965 edited by Alan Brissenden and Keith Glennon

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September 2010, no. 324

Dance is an ephemeral art. This is just one reason, among many, why Alan Brissenden and Keith Glennon’s beautifully designed and presented Australia Dances: Creating Australian Dance 1945–1965 is an important contribution to the light industry of dance historiography. Its eye-catching cover, with a Walter Stringer photograph of dancer William Harvey in a soaring leap above an Australian landscape, will attract bookshop browsers. A perusal of its contents will encourage purchase, as a special gift or for one’s personal library.

Australia Dances records the creative endeavour behind what happened in dance in Australia between 1945 and 1965 – and a lot was happening. Glennon, hitchhiking or catching trains across the country, did much of the research and interviewing, delving into archives and gathering information from dozens of witnesses. I suspect that Brissenden was responsible for most of the writing. The text is informed and readable, infused with sharp observation and touches of humour characteristic of his style.

David Tissiman reviews 'Australia Dances: Creating Australian dance 1945–1965' by Alan Brissenden and Keith Glennon

Australia Dances: Creating Australian dance 1945–1965

edited by Alan Brissenden and Keith Glennon

Wakefield Press $70 hb, 270 pp

Buy this book

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