The Choreography of Everyday Life
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112 pages / October 11, 2022 / 9781839766749

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October 11, 2022 / 9781839766770


A renowned choreographer explores the dance of everyday life and reveals that art-making is as natural as walking down the street

In this sparkling, innovative, fully-illustrated work, world-renowned choreographer Annie-B Parson translates the components of dance - time, proximity, space, motion and tone - into text. As we follow Parson through her days - at home, reading, and on her walks down the street - and in and out of conversations on everything from Homer’s Odyssey to feminist art to social protest, she helps us see how everyday movement creates the wider world. Dance, it turns out, is everything and everywhere.

With the insight and verve of a soloist, Parson shows us how art-making is a part of our everyday lives and our political life as we move, together and apart, through space.


“A gorgeous meditation on dance, visual art, and literature, as well as living, loving, and mourning. Parsons brings to the page the startling quality of her introspective, astounding, and lyrical stage work, urging us to look more closely at those small and large moments that steer us through the dance of life.”

“The choreographer who democratized dance.”

“"Bodies in space". I have heard Annie-B use this phrase dozens of times. It occurs to me this phrase refers to choreography and dance, but is also a transposable life philosophy...Of all the ways to move a body in space, through space, Annie-B creates the stage to have the most beautiful and beguiling ones be seen.”

“I'm a long time fan of Annie-B's work. I see in it the quotidian made extraordinary...the familiar made foreign.”

“Parson's path is one that continues to push the boundaries of dance”

“In this quiet, minute and understatedly virtuosic text, Annie-B Parson walks us through the intricate dances of pedestrianism and domesticity. Gently but firmly pressing back against linear heroic narratives that have tended to efface the practices of women artists, she braids together strands of beauty, resistance and reverie, slyly pulling her readers into an exquisite, inclusive choreography of living.”

“This book parses the quotidian through the lenses of choreography (temporality, rhythm, spatiality, gesture, relationality, and so on). This is a book for people who are interested in life, in affect, in experience and in artistry as a fundamental part of daily life.”

“Traipsing from The Odyssey to Trisha Brown, Hilma af Klint to Anne Carson, Parson braids together ideas through words and illustrations as she touches on the connections between protest, ritual and spectacle, how the pandemic asked pedestrians to rechoreograph their relationship to other bodies in space, Zoom and Tik Tok as creative forms, and more.”

“Parson reframes banal encounters into beautiful, crystalline observations.”

“A thoughtful addition to a dance library collection.”

“Annie-B has choreographed for Davids (Bowie and Byrne), St. Vincent, Spike Lee, and Lorde, among others - giving movement to artists for whom movement is as essential to their work and melodies. Now, she's exploring how dance functions in everyday life, both in her own and on a societal level. In this illustrated work, Parson distills movement into text, exploring movement in feminist art to protests”

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