Origin of Mime and Dance
Mikhail Berkut is a critically acclaimed choreographer, stage producer and professional ballet teacher. Berkut has produced several videos on dance for adults and children. He has written many articles on dance for leading international magazines and is the author of several books, including his memoirs of his early family life and career in music and dance in his native Russia, North America and Europe. Origin of Mime and Dance is the culmination of his life's work.
The result of decades of intensive research, Origin of Mime and Dance is an exploration of the motion of the human body and its gradual evolution from instinct to artifice - the long journey from unconscious reflex to self-conscious performance.
The book is split into two sections: Natural Motion and Artificial Motion. Beautifully illustrated, it aims to clarify some basic principles regarding the anthropology and evolution of natural motion and its transformation into performed compositions. In the process, Berkut hopes to open up new ways of looking at these areas.
‘Berkut's ability to tackle every subject from a practical, as well as an analytical point of view is always remarkable ... this comprehensive work fills an important gap ... It is a must for all dance-related organizations.'
Hans-Theodor Wohlfahrt, Dance Critic and Historian
‘... a most important contribution to our knowledge of body movement in time and space, as an instrument of artistic expression.'
Giorgio Tellan, Italian Art Historian