Week 7 - Dance 101 Lecture Outline Week Seven MODERN DANCE...

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Dance 101 – Lecture Outline – Week Seven – MODERN DANCE Modern Dance – Evolved in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a revolt against perceived restrictions/limitations of ballet; a Western tradition o Not everyone had the perfect Russian ballet body that wanted to dance o Modern dance happened through/stressed the importance of the individual Dance makers medium is human body o Themes, inspirations involve real life situations and societal issues o Continued fascination with the Ancient World – India, China, Egypt, Greece o Genre differs widely in style, approach and methodology “Forerunners” of Modern Dance Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) – Mother of Modern Dance o Teenage girl in California; didn’t have the money for ballet school; danced barefoot in the sand; found freedom in dance; couldn’t support herself o She looked back to a time in history where everything seemed perfect o Lack of self-discipline was her downfall o Wanted to make a name for herself in free form dance, now called modern dance. She took her family to Greece, wanting to create a Greek Temple to dance. She ended up homeless dancing in London. Someone took her in and she began creating dances. Taught dance in a non-traditional school. o Free, flowing fabrics (Grecian tunic), unrestricted clothing and bare feet, connection with nature o “Air on the G String” Music on a harp Played long after she died o “Mother” In honor of her children who died in a car crash One of the few dances still recreated today o Paris Singer Wealthy heir to Singer Sewing Company “Collected” Isadora and appreciated her works o Isadorables – the children she taught and those who took care of her o
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