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Historical Overview of Modern Dance

This is an historical overview of Modern Dance focusing on the key pioneers of the period and their works.

Darren Carr

on 27 February 2014

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Liverpool John Moores University
BA Hons Dance Practices
Overview of Modern Dance
1900 - 1968
Family Tree of Modern Dance
1st generation
2nd Generation
3rd Generation
Isadora Duncan
Hanya Holm (Germany /USA)
Martha Graham
Doris Humphrey
Loie Fuller
Ruth St Denis
Ted Shawn
Denishawn (school)
Charles Weidman
Humphrey/Weidman Company
Rudolf Laban
Mary Wigman
(Germany / Europe)
The Art of Movement
Studio (Manchester/London)
Lisa Ullman
Valerie Preston-Dunlop
Jose Limon
Ernistine Stodelle
Martha Graham Company
Merce Cunningham
Robert Cohan
Jane Dudley
Paul Taylor
Isadora Duncan
1877 - 1927
Loie Fuller
biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loie_Fuller
Sense of theatre,
staging and use of lighting effects
Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isadora_Duncan
Influences: Natural movement
costume, barefoot, freedom and flow of movement
work was 'choreographed'.
Bennington College (1934)
-Holm ,
Graham, Humphrey
Hanya Holm
1893 -1992
Mary Wigman
1886 - 1973
biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wigman
Influences: Expressionism in dance
Movement theories similar to Laban's
Rudolf Laban
1879 - 1958
Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Laban
Influences: Movement, Effort, space, form, movement choirs, expression, dance analysis
Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanya_Holm
Influences: Followed on from the incluences
of Wigman and Laban. An educator in dance, set up Bennington College, with Humphrey, Graham and Weidman.
Ruth st Denis
Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_St_Denis
Influences: After seeing an image of the Egyptian god Isis in a cigarette ad, St. Denis began to investigate Asian dance. She and her husband, Ted Shawn, were known for their "oriental" productions. Together, Shawn and Ruth St. Denis established the principle of Music Visualization in modern dance —- a concept that called for movement equivalents to the timbres, dynamics, and structural shapes of music in addition to its rhythmic base
Ted Shawn
Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Shawn
Ted Shawn Choeur Dance (1926).
Ted Shawn (interview clip)
Ruth St Denis in the 'East Indian Nautch Dance' (1932)
Martha Graham
Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Graham
A pioneer of modern dance
Created a codified technique: Contraction and release
Lamentation (1930)
Diversion of Angels (1946, 1984)
Acts of Light - Act 3 (1981)
Doris Humphrey
Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doris_Humphrey
Humphrey was one of the second generation modern dance pioneers, who followed their forerunners – including Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn – in exploring the use of breath and developing techniques still taught today. As a result of many of her works being annotated, Humphrey continues to be taught, studied and performed to this day.
Humphrey revealed
Water Study 1928
Doris Humphrey - Fragmento de "Day On Earth"
UK - London School of Contemporary Dance
'The Place'
Muses of american modern dance recreations
of dances by Isadora Duncan, Ruth st Denis & Loie Fuller
Merce Cunningham
1919- 2009

Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merce_Cunningham
Cunningham performing at aged 65 (in 1984)
Nearly 90: Cunningham dance company (2010) UK Dance umbrella
Points in Space (1986)
Cunningham aged 90 speaking about his work
Paul Taylor
(1930 - present )

Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Taylor_(choreographer)
Jane Dudley
(1912 - 2001)

Jose Limon
(1908 - 1972)

Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Limon
Katherine Dunham / Lester Horton
Alvin Ailey
Mark Morris
USA / Brussels (1988-2001) / USA (2001-) Mark Morris Dance Group
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