Conventional wisdom holds that the art of dance is strictly and in all its aspects a phenomenon of the moment, something adequately captured by pictorial means only, and not by the written word. Reading and writing are thought to have little or nothing to do with the ephemeral magic of the art of dance. This attitude has its roots in a time before film and video technologies made more possible the vivid preservation of choreography; it also has its roots in a time before the importance of preserving our unique modern dance heritage became fully evident.
Palazzola, B. (1991), "American Modern Dance: Primary Sources in Book Form at the University of Michigan Music Library", Collection Building, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 20-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb023310
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