N=omai dance drama, an artistic expression combining sacred, communal, economic, and cultural spheres of community life in the district of Higashidorimura, is a performing tradition that provides an identity to agriculturally based villages. It has retained features characteristic of the music, drama, and sacred practices of medieval Japan. N=omai singing exhibits traits linked to Buddhist chanting. The instrumental music originates from folk Shinto. This study highlights the social and cultural value n=omaii has for the residents in villages that perform it by providing the historical context in which it is examined, as well as its current performance practices. As this work explores the aspects of agricultural Japanese society, revealed through a dance drama, it will appeal to music and drama scholars as well as students of Japanese culture and history. After establishing the historical lens from which to view n^D=omai drama, the theatrical and musical aspects are discussed in detail. Photographs and musical examples enhance this thorough, well-organized study.
What does it mean to be able to move? The Aging Body in Dance brings together leading scholars and artists from a range of backgrounds to investigate cultural ideas of movement and beauty, expressiveness and agility.
Contributors focus on Euro-American and Japanese attitudes towards aging and performance, including studies of dancers from Yvonne Rainer, Martha Graham and Anna Halprin to Kazuo Ohno and Kikuo Tomoeda, and directors such as Romeo Castellucci. They draw a fascinating comparison between the youth-oriented Western culture and dance cultures such as that of Japan's, where aging dancers are celebrated as part of the country's living heritage.
The first cross-cultural study of its kind, The Aging Body in DanceÂ offers an invaluable resource for scholars and practitioners interested in global dance cultures and their differing responses to the world's aging population.
Regardless of the job market situation, there is always a certain level of voluntary employee withdrawal - lateness, absence, avoidance of work, undue socializing - that affects the well being of the organization. This volume explores the various manifestations of employee withdrawal, how they may be assessed, and identifies relevant antecedents and moderators, attitudinal as well as behavioral. The authors have focused on issues such as national culture and perceptions of absence legitimacy, components of voluntary employee turnover, the role of performance management process in employee withdrawal behavior, and current controversies concerning the withdrawal phenomenon. In addition, some creative perspectives on changing information technology, the taxonomy of lateness behavior, and the association between smoking and absenteeism are offered.
The performance testing of Web applications is not understood properly and no skill sets are available to address the challenges faced by practitioners. In addition, there is currently a lack of available research on the performance aspects of the application. "Integrated Approach to Web Performance Testing: A Practitioner's Guide" fills this void and provides an integrated approach and guidelines to performance testing of Web-based systems. Based upon a mix of theoretical and practical concepts, this book provides a detailed understanding of the various aspects of performance testing in relation to the different phases of the software development life cycle. Using a rich mixture of examples, checklists, and templates, this book illustrates the different facets of application performance. "Integrated Approach to Web Performance Testing: A Practitioner's Guide" applies a practical approach to making appropriate choices of tools, methodologies and project management for performance testing.
The writing in this journal is about the paradox of Alzheimer's disease. While horrifying to watch, a daughter ' finds' her mother through the end-of-life vulnerable beauty this wretched condition revealed. As her mother's mental capacity waned, her essential self emerged, as she gradually returned to a simpler, happier place where her daughter could finally meet her and heal.
The story extends a heartfelt invitation to other daughters of dementia who also find themselves perfectly unprepared to partner with an aging parent struggling along the slow and shifting path of this disease.
Kim Kirschenfeld grew up in Alabama and earned a graduate degree in Psychology and a law degree before becoming a full-time writer. She lives and writes along the water's edge, splitting time between homes on a Gulf coast barrier island and a majestic surf break on the Paci fic side of Costa Rica. This is her first published book.
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