Weird Dance: Curious and Captivating Dance Trivia

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Skyhorse #ad - The strange and macabre fate of the infamous Mata Hari’s head after her execution. The grotesque scarf accident that led to Isadora Duncan’s demise. From roman bacchanals to medieval and renaissance dancing plagues, choreographers, spirit possessions, superstitions, and more, you will attend a grand ball of the bizarre that shows just how awful dancers, from the bloody world of ballet to scandals, ghosts, and even audience members have been to each other over the centuries.

Attend a grand ball of the bizarre and never look at dance the same way again!Weird Dance processes through the odd, grim, and unintentionally humorous history of dance, uncovering strange stories and weird facts. These dark tales of murder, rivalry, and more reveal all sorts of grim goings-on, insanity, proving that—for dancers—life was not just one grand plié.

Weird Dance: Curious and Captivating Dance Trivia #ad - Stories include: an elderly woman who stepped out of her Strasbourg home one summer day in 1518 and began to dance furiously; nothing and no one could stop her. The medieval dance of Death that reminded all of their inevitable doom. The controversial ballet that sparked a riot. Soon, dozens more joined her, and so began another strange epidemic of the deadly dancing plague.

The horrific fate of a young ballerina who had a run-in with a gaslight and saw her career go up in smoke.

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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

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Simon & Schuster #ad - The wide-open realm of possibilities can be energizing, and Twyla Tharp explains how to take a deep breath and begin. In "coins and chaos, " she gives you an easy way to restore order and peace. In "build a bridge to the next Day, " she shows you how to clean the clutter from your mind overnight. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone.

One of the world’s leading creative artists, choreographers, movin’ Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents—at once prescriptive and inspirational, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, a book to stand alongside The Artist’s Way and Bird by Bird. All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit.

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life #ad - Whether you are a painter, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, musician, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career. Tharp leads you through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts and into productive grooves.

In "where's your pencil?" tharp reminds you to observe the world -- and get it down on paper. In "do a verb, " she turns your mind and body into coworkers.

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Shakespeare's Ear: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Theater

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Skyhorse Publishing #ad - Learn about:   an ancient greek writer of tragedies who dies when an eagle drops a tortoise on his heada sixteenth-century english playwright who lives a double life as a spy and perishes horriblyA small Parisian theater where grisly horrors unfold on stageThe gold earring that Shakespeare wears in the Chandos portrait, delight in the zany and subversive antics of the Commedia dell’arte, and its connections to bohemians and pirates of the time   Journey back to see theatrical shenanigans from the ancient Near East, revel in the Elizabethan and Jacobean golden age of bloodthirsty drama, explore the violent plays of ancient Greece and Rome, and tremble at ghostly incursions into playhouses.

Shakespeare's Ear: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Theater #ad - A “page-turningly entertaining” history of scandals and skulduggery onstage and off William Lyons, historical adviser for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Here you will find many fine examples of playwrights, actors, and audiences alike being horrible to each other over the centuries.  . Filled with fact, folklore, murder, and persecution, affairs, and stories of revenge, Shakespeare’s Ear shows that in the world of theater, the drama can be just as intense behind the scenes.

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