Set against rich descriptions of sociopolitical realities in urban areas, Rose Martin’s Women, Dance, and Revolution examines contemporary dance practice in Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine. Drawing on her multisited research between 2009 and 2014, Martin provides an observant glimpse into the dance journeys of eight women choreographers and the sociocultural milieu in which they work. The resulting text traces the contemporary dance experience arising from specific social and political situations.

Martin, with her own background in contemporary dance and dance pedagogy, brings focus to contemporary dance practice in these countries, highlighting the understudied area of women’s performance in the Levant and North Africa. The recent notable exceptions include Talking Dance, by Nicholas Rowe and Ralph Buck (2014), which brings together interviews with practitioners of contemporary dance and artists practicing in several other dance...

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