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Performing Arts Classical & Ballet

The Creation of iGiselle

Classical Ballet Meets Contemporary Video Games

edited by Nora Stovel

contributions by Vadim Bulitko, Wayne DeFehr, Christina Gier, Pirkko Markula, Mark Morris, Sergio Poo Hernandez, Emilie St. Hilaire & Laura Sydora

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2019
Classical & Ballet, Games
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The unusual marriage of Romantic ballet and artificial intelligence is an intriguing idea that led a team of interdisciplinary researchers to design iGiselle, a video game prototype. Scholars in the fields of literature, physical education, music, design, and computer science collaborated to revise the tragic narrative of the nineteenth-century ballet Giselle, allowing players to empower the heroine for possible ”feminine endings.” The eight interrelated chapters chronicle the origin, development, and fruition of the project. Dancers, gamers, and computer specialists will all find something original that will stimulate their respective interests.

Contributors: Vadim Bulitko, Wayne DeFehr, Christina Gier, Pirkko Markula, Mark Morris, Sergio Poo Hernandez, Emilie St. Hilaire, Nora Foster Stovel, Laura Sydora

About the authors

Nora Foster Stovel is Professor of English at the University of Alberta, where she teaches twentieth-century literature and Canadian women's fiction. She has published books and articles on Jane Austen, D.H. Lawrence, Margaret Drabble, Carol Shields, and Margaret Laurence, most recently Divining Margaret Laurence: A Study of Her Complete Writings.

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Pirkko Markula is a contemporary dancer and professor of socio-cultural studies of physical activity at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research interests include social analyses of dance, exercise, and sport from poststructuralist feminist perspectives and performance ethnography. She is the co-author, with Michael Silk, of Qualitative Research for Physical Culture (Palgrave, 2011), co-author with Richard Pringle, of Foucault, Sport and Exercise: Power, Knowledge and Transforming the Self (Routledge, 2006), editor of Feminist Sport Studies: Sharing Joy, Sharing Pain (SUNY Press, 2005) and Olympic Women and the Media: International perspectives (Palgrave, 2009), co-editor of Women and Exercise: Body, Health and Consumerism (Routledge, 2011), co-editor of Critical Bodies: Representations, Identities and Practices of Weight and Body Management (Palgrave, 2007) and co-editor of Moving Writing: Crafting Movement in Sport Research (Peter Lang, 2003).

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Editorial Reviews

# 4 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, March 10, 2019

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