By Alan Bennett
This moment quantity of performs via Alan Bennett comprises his Kafka performs, one an hilarious comedy, the opposite a profound and looking out drama. additionally incorporated is An Englishman overseas and a question of Attribution. The fascination of those performs lies within the manner they query our authorised notions of treachery and, in numerous methods, make a sympathetic case for man Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
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How can the soul rejoice amid the tattered rags of the poor and hollow-eyed children? How utterly remote is the fragrance of the mountains and forests from the air of the slums, so thick with coal dust … Is that the song of man? (Laban, 1975, p. 42–43) Even as the “song of man” showed early signs of discord, Laban needed income and he sought a position as a ballet-master within the dance world. Many of the ballet companies at that time were affiliated with the opera, and the art form had become stultified.
He reconnected with his and Suzanne Perrottet’s son, Allard, and was devastated when the young man committed suicide. He turned crystals around and learned from them. He drew, he pondered; he made no plans. On July 1, 1958, he died. ” The dance lives on. 2 ANALYSIS OF A TEXT, THE MASTERY OF MOVEMENT Laban wrote extensively; in fact, we have more textual material than information about his performance works. From his first grand opus, Die Welt des Tanzers (The World of the Dancers) to his overview of his theories, The Mastery of Movement, to his scribbled notes to himself before his talks, a picture unfolds of a man who put his thoughts on paper in order to explain, portray, describe and illustrate his ideas.
Titles such as The Fool’s Mirror, The Crystal, Orchidee, The Magic Garden, The Earth and The Titan reveal Laban’s concerns with the imaginative, the socio-political, the natural world, the mythical and the magical. By the end of the 1920s, Laban and his followers were engaged in coalescing his theories into mutually-informing macro and micro concepts. They perceived the union of opposites along a continuum. They connected form and content, individual and cultural style, sweeping huge ideas into personalized dance stories.
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