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Book Reading by Dance Critique Wendy Perron

Book Reading by Dance Critique Wendy Perron


Wendy Perron


Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, Broadway & 82nd Street, NYC


Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Wendy Perron

Hi All,

I am reading from my book at Upper West Side Barnes & Noble, on Broadway at 82nd Street, this Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:00 pm.

For me, this building has a special history cuz it's where School of American Ballet was back in 1960 when I took the summer course there. So I will start the talk with my memories of that summer studying in that building with the SAB teachers.

Here is the link to the event.



Through the Eyes of a Dancer

Selected Writings

Wendy Perron

Dance criticism rooted in a dancer’s perspective

Through the Eyes of a Dancer compiles the writings of noted dance critic and editor Wendy Perron. In pieces for The SoHo Weekly News, Village Voice, The New York Times, and Dance Magazine, Perron limns the larger aesthetic and theoretical shifts in the dance world since the 1960s. She surveys a wide range of styles and genres, from downtown experimental performance to ballets at the Metropolitan Opera House. In opinion pieces, interviews, reviews, brief memoirs, blog posts, and contemplations on the choreographic process, she gives readers an up-close, personalized look at dancing as an art form. Dancers, choreographers, teachers, college dance students—and anyone interested in the intersection between dance and journalism—Perron’s probing and insightful writings inspiring. Through the Eyes of a Dancer is a nuanced microcosm of dance’s recent globalization and modernization that also provides an opportunity for new dancers to look back on the traditions and styles that preceded their own.

Wendy Perron, a former dancer, choreographer, and teacher, is editor at large at Dance Magazine.


“I’ve never read a collection like Perron’s engrossing Through the Eyes of a Dancer.  She reviews and ponders four decades of developments and enduring values—both in dance and in the life of her performing- choreographing-writing self. Perron displays an uncanny ability both to view art works from a distance and to burrow into their hearts.”
—Deborah Jowitt, author of Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance

“What does it mean for the world of dance writing to gain insights into decades of performance through the eyes of a thoughtful writer/dancer/choreographer? This is the beauty of Wendy Perron’s new book, a compendium of her work of almost half a century. Whether observing through the keenness of her ever-present mind, or the visceral capacity of her dancer self, her writing takes us into and onto the stages of many of our most interesting dance makers. Wendy weaves her own story of inquiry, these pages are sweet, terrifying and real.”
—Liz Lerman, choreographer

“Through the Eyes of a Dancer is an exciting, adventurous journey through the ‘dance boom’ and its aftermath. The average choreographer doesn’t have nearly her facility with language, and the average journalist lacks the inside understanding of the process; Perron combines these two perspectives masterfully.”
—Elizabeth Zimmer, dance editor/critic and faculty member, Hollins/American Dance Festival MFA Program


340 pp., 25 illus., 6-1/8 x 9-1/4" Cloth, $29.95, 978-0-8195-7407-7

Ebook, $23.99, 978-0-8195-7409-1

Publication in November 2013


Save 30% on print editions when you order from our web site and use discount code W301.

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