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DCE 100- Unit 2 Lecture 6

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DCE 100- Unit 2 Lecture 6 DCE 100

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These notes cover the reading and lecture for unit 2 lesson 6.
Introduction to Dance
Grace Gallagher
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Dance Denishawn Martha Graham Merce Cunningham Doris Humphrey DCE intro




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Date Created: 02/02/16
DCE 100- Unit 2 Lecture 6  Ballet was once just for the elite, but it moved to Europe in the 1860s, bringing it to a wider group of people and widening the spectrum of what theatre dance included Denishawn  More about entertainment and theatrical effect and less about art making  It was groundbreaking for its time  Ruth St. Denis focused on mysticism and the beauty of dance in other cultures, but was not culturally accurate.  Ted Shawn’s choreography was broader and he was more trained than she was.  Together Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn created Denishawn style of dance  This style of dance helped dance gain legitimacy in the US.  It built a bigger acceptance od dance as an art form other than ballet in the United States, as well as an acceptance with the middle class.  They paved their way with their school, as the first school in the U.S.  This school disbanded in 1930  Ted Shawn was an advocate for dance education and for recognition for male dancers as a worthy art form for men and as a respected profession.  Statue dance  Movements connected to the earth and ground  Students were encouraged to find their own voice and movement qualities, opposite of ballet, where you are taught to copy movements.  Personal expression is the key component of modern dance. Martha Graham  She left the Denishawn Company in 1923.  In 1926, she was offered her own performance. She then went on choreographing her whole life and lived to be 96.  Both her school and company are still in existence.  Her work was originally considered controversial.  Interested in exploring the psychology of human behavior, depths of emotion, and patterns of human behavior.  Has her own vocabulary  Her school inspired many dancers to go on and create their own work. Doris Humphrey and Jose Limon  Doris Humphrey was know for capturing a mood through choreography  Taught at a university  Jose Limon had an extended professional relationship with Doris Humphrey. He began his dancing at her company, and later when is had shut down, she became the artistic director for his company.  He played around with the idea of fall and recovery, as well as flowing through breath.  He developed his own technique.  His company and school are still in existence. Merce Cunningham  Danced with Martha Graham’s company, but moved away in the late 1940s.  Post modern  Lots of classicism in his work  Clarity of dance  Most technical of all modern dance  Difficult to connect to, but beautiful.  He only used very technical dancers in his works, whom had been primarily trained in ballet


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