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Big DealBob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical$
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Kevin Winkler

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199336791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199336791.001.0001

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(p.271) Fosseville
Big Deal

Kevin Winkler

Oxford University Press

When Bob Fosse died in 1987, his influence on a new generation was already being felt, and this chapter traces that influence into the twenty-first century. With the opening sequence of All That Jazz, Fosse virtually created the modern MTV music video. His use of editing to fracture time and tell stories in a nonlinear manner has been much imitated by other filmmakers. The success of the revival of Chicago prompted the creation of Fosse, a retrospective that further established the Fosse brand. His dance and theatrical aesthetic has been so thoroughly absorbed into the popular culture that it is sometimes reduced to a generic, easily imitated category of dance. But artists also repurpose its key elements into new dance forms, referencing Fosse in innovative ways that make their work feel fresh and forward-looking, while paying tribute to an endlessly influential dance language.

Keywords:   MTV, music video, Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, Sweet Charity, Fosse, Chicago

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