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NANCY REYNOLDS, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
FOR THE GEORGE BALANCHINE FOUNDATION
CO-AUTHORS NEW BOOK
NO FIXED POINTS – DANCE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
FOR YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS

New York City – Nancy Reynolds, director of research for The George Balanchine Foundation, and Malcolm McCormick, former dancer and dance scholar, have co-authored the new book No Fixed Points – Dance in the Twentieth Century for Yale University Press.

Taking its title from Albert Einstein, No Fixed Points chronicles one hundred years of dramatic developments in ballet, modern, and experimental dance for stage and screen in Europe and North America. Large in scope, the book encompasses the history of theatrical dance from 1900 through 2000. Beginning with turn-of-the-century dancer/choreographers such as Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Michel Fokine, and later Vaslav Nijinsky, and proceeding through the profusion of dance styles performed today, the book provides an unparalleled view of dance in performance as it changed and grew in the twentieth century.

Nancy Reynolds and Malcolm McCormick set dance in broader cultural and historical contexts, examine specific dance works, and explore the contributions of outstanding choreographers, performers, visual artists, impresarios, composers, critics, and other figures. With unusual detail, fascinating illustrations, and wide-ranging insights, this book is an indispensable guide to the transformations in the dance scene of the twentieth century.

Described by Alan M. Kriegsman, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic of The Washington Post, No Fixed Points is “an indispensable reference and a reading experience as absorbing as an adventure tale. An achievement at once vital and invaluable.”

Frederic Franklin, dancer, director and choreographer comments, “No Fixed Points is a monumental tribute to dance in the twentieth century. Astoundingly well researched, insightful, clear, and inspiring, it is a real treasure.”

Elizabeth Zimmer of the Village Voice states, “Rare is the volume that’s both essential reference and page-turner; No Fixed Points is one.”

Lynn Garafola, co-editor of The Ballets Russes and Its World, comments: “There is no other history of twentieth-century dance that is as detailed, comprehensive, and readable as No Fixed Points. Much thought has gone into it, along with prodigious research.”

Nancy Reynolds is a former dancer for New York City Ballet and has written widely about ballet and modern dance. She is the author of Repertory in Review: 40 Years of the New York City Ballet, and was research director of the original Choreography by George Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works. As director of research for The George Balanchine Foundation, Ms. Reynolds directs The Foundation’s Video Archive series, and is currently contributing to the new Balanchine Catalogue Raisonée database project.

Malcolm McCormick is a former dancer and costume designer, and was a member of the dance faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also been a guest lecturer at numerous universities for many years.

For further information on No Fixed Points – Dance in the Twentieth Century, please visit Yale University Press’ web site at www.yalebooks.com.

 

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