Modern Dance Notes

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Modern Dance Notes Late 1800s-Early 1900s Not one specific technique or specific dance but the approach to dance NO fairy tales, or story line Instead Realistic approaches to dance Tackling real life situations Isadora Duncan Pioneer/ 1st generation of modern dancers Credited of being the mother of modern dance She wanted to be free of movement So no tutu or pointe shoes She was inspired by ancient greek culture and nature She costumed herself in dressed in ancient-Grecian tunics This helped with her loose, free willing dance movements Loie Fuller Pioneer/ 1st generation of modern dancers She choreographed with silk costumes luminated by multi-coloured lighting of her own design This was so she can have the illusion of fire and other natural phenomenon Used lighting to have special effects on fabrics and etc. Known as MIXED MEDIA Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn Were married but later divorced Dance Company and Dance School called: Denishawn The school encouraged
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Artistic individualism, holistic approach for body, mind, and spirit Ruth was heavily influenced by egyptians and indian culture The dances weren’t authentic, but was inspired by authentic egyptian and indian dances An indian piece by Ruth was “Incense” Ted Shawn later after divorce formed own dance company All Male dance company The dance group was named: Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers Group formed at Jacob’s Pillow A dance festival at Massachusetts; very well regarded summer dance festival Students of the Denishawn School Doris Humphrey Philosophy for dancing was “Fall and Recovery” Giving into gravity and sub-missing out of gravity Charles Weidman Philosophy for dancing was “Fall and Recovery” Giving into gravity and sub-missing out of gravity Martha Graham Very Innovated dancer Rebelled against dance styles Incorporated “Flex Foot” as well as a “Pointed Foot” Also “Turned Out Legs” and Parallel Legs” Also “Contraction and Release” In other words she mixed ballet with modern dance styles Known for using elements of Greek Tragedies and Study of Psychology in her pieces
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1927 founded; The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance Also, The Martha Graham Dance Company The Company was comprised of all Female dancers Famous Piece was “Cortege of Eagles” Post-Modern Dance Choreographers Merce Cunningham Know for using “Chance” and “Probability” as a Choreographic tool
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course DANC 101 taught by Professor Dragoni during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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