Welcome to our collection of Open Access Ebooks in the disciplines of dance and theatre.
Funded by National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Wesleyan University Press helped establish and sustain dance studies and the practice of stagecraft through its seminal book publications in the 1960s and 1970s, a tradition that continues to this day. With the support of Humanities Open Book program, a joint initiative of The National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we are pleased to reissue sixteen titles from our performing arts backlist. These titles in dance and theater contribute to an understanding of the evolution of modernism in the performing arts.

Introductory Essays

A full-bodied endeavor 
by Katja Kolcio 
Learning anew from old dance books 
by André Lepecki

Open Access Books from Wesleyan's Dance Collection

Denishawn Dance

Denishawn Dance



Hanya Holm

Hanya Holme

Language of Dance

The Language of Dance

Duncan Dancer

Duncan Dancer

Loftier Flight

A Loftier Flight

Motion Arrested

Motion Arrested

Wigman Book

The Mary Wigman Book

Open Access Books from Wesleyan's Theatre Collection


Theatre of Donald Oenslager

Lighting Before Electricity

Theatre Lighting 


Samuel Phelps 


Scenography of Svoboda


Theatre of Robert Edmond James

Bournonville Theatre

My Theatre Life

Adolphe Appia

Adolphe Appia

Svoboda on Wagner


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