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Copy of Contemporary Dance

Dance Appreciation, Chapter 8

Jenna Kosowski

on 12 May 2014

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Contemporary Dance
What is contemporary dance?
Contemporary dance (or dance in the twenty-first century) is essentially a mixture of all the dance forms we have studied thus far.
The term "contemporary dance" has been used since the 1960's. To provide a clearer idea of what the term "contemporary" means, here is a list of things contemporary dance is and can be:
Contemporary dance can be:
What are the roots of contemporary dance?
Many experimental dance forms began to emerge around the world during the 1960's. The artists working during this period were exploring new ways to
push boundaries
explore social norms
through art. Here are a few ideas they were exploring:
The use of improvisation
The rejection of dance technique
The experimentation with new performance spaces
The experimentation with sound and video
The exploration of bold, provocative, and shocking subject matter
The blending of dance forms from around the world
The exploration of all types of bodies in performance
Let's check out some choreographers to gain a better understanding of contemporary dance!
When did "contemporary dance" develop?
Judson Dance Theatre
The Judson Dance Theatre was a group of choreographers that kickstarted the contemporary dance movement. Their name comes from the performance space in which they worked-- the Judson Church in New York City.
Members of the Judson Dance Theatre include:
Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, David Gordon, and Lucinda Childs
Now let's check out a variety of contemporary dance artists in the
United States
Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane Dance Company
This clip discusses one of his works, "Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray." Bill T. Jones created this work for the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
Here is a a preview of the piece, "Fondly Do We Hope...Fervently Do We Pray."
Mark Morris
Discusses the use of
working process...
A conversation with Mark Morris...
The use of
the work!
David Parsons
Karole Armitage
"Drastic Classicism" (1981)
"Caught" (1982)
This piece "features more than 100 leaps in six minutes by a solo dancer who is repeatedly trapped in mid-motion by the strobe lights, to create an illusion of flight." (parsonsdance.org)
Now let's look at contemporary dance around
the world...

Alonzo King
Crystal Pite, choreographer and founder of
Kidd Pivot
International Dance...
As you can see contemporary dance is vast and difficult to define. The clips you have just watched represent a small sample of the international work that is being produced.
What do you think choreographers will create for the future??
Pina Bausch
This clip is an excerpt from "Dark Matters" (2009)
Ohad Naharin, choreographer and Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company
The name of the contemporary dance style in this next clip is called Butoh. Butoh developed as a response to the lasting effects of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Additionally, it's founder, Tatsumi Hijikata, was searching for a way of moving that was unique to Japan (no longer imitating Western dance forms).
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
"Bamboo Dream"
William Forsythe
is an American-born choreographer who has studied all dance forms (tap, ballet, modern, etc.) and has grown to create work for companies across the globe. He currently is the director of Ballett Frankfurt in Germany. Here is a sample of his work, titled
"One Flat Thing, reproduced."
Sankai Juku
"Rosas danst Rosas" (original choreography from 1983)
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
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