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Danc 101 Week 7 notes

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These notes cover exactly what Flach covers in class. You can sit back, relax, and not write a thing in class if you have these notes.
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Cindy Flach (P)
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Date Created: 09/22/16
Dance 101 – Lecture Outline – Week Seven TEXT: CHAPTER SIX – MODERN DANCE VIDEO: THE INDIVIDUAL AND TRADITION; THE HISTORY OF MODERN DANCE; ISADORA; DENISHAWN: THE BIRTH OF MODERN DANCE ; MARTHA GRAHAM IN PERFORMANCE Modern Dance –  Evolved in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a revolt against perceived restrictions/limitations of ballet  The era of the individual  Rebellion in US and Germany about ballet, the ideal body, and pointe shoes What are these perceptions? Themes and inspirations often involve real life situations  Personal issues  Social issues  Global issues Genre differs widely in style, approach, methodology and subject matter Continued fascination with the Ancient World – India, China, Egypt, Greece The Forerunners Isadora Duncan (1877-1927)  Saw dance as an art of liberation  Known as the mother of modern dance  Called the barefoot dancer b/c she didn’t dance with shoes on  Set about building a temple for modern dance (non-realistic goals)  Made a dance called “mother”  Wore long trailing clothing  A child of the roaring 20’s Free, flowing fabrics, unrestricted clothing and bare feet, often a connection with nature “Air on the G String”  Classical piece of music  Was played at Isadora’s funeral “Mother”  Dance created by Isadora Duncan Isadorables  Little students who adored Isadora Loie Fuller (1862-1928) Rudolf Von Laban (1879-1958)  Early modern choreographer  Responsible for foundations of dance Labanotation  Labanotation – a way of recording modern dance Laban Movement Analysis  Laban movement analysis – analyze movement Mary Wigman (1886-1973)  Student of Laban that brought his concepts to US Ruth St. Denis (1878-1968)  Show girl from NJ that was fascinated by east world (china, india)  Conducted classes in mother’s apartment  NY – mecca for beginning of modern dance  Ted shawn was beginning of denishawn company “Music Visualization” Ted Shawn (1891-1972)  Traveled dancers to dance in stuly that company wanted  Left NYC to make dancers of modern and contemporary dance and train them Denishawn  Ruth St. Denis and ted shawn’s company  Boccostal company in NYC, NY Jacob’s Pillow - Massachusetts  Contemporary dance festival that brings people all over the world to study and celebrate Vaudeville  American entertainment that crossed all genres (comics, opera, solo musicians, actors)  Variety of television shows (America’s got talent, So you think you can dance) The Pioneers Continuing influence of Denishawn Doris Humphrey (1895-1958)  Studied with denishawn  Humphrey focused his strengths on sculptural shapes Charles Weidman (1901-1975)  Studied with denishawn  Weidman-Humphrey company  Explored how giving into gravity makes one fall, while balancing your body against gravity could create movement as well Technique based on Fall and Recovery  Technique of Weidman and Humphrey “Water Study” (1928); “Life of the Bee”; “”The Shakers” (1931); “Dawn in New York” Notable strengths of Humphrey’s career – mastery of the intricacies of large groups and emphasis on sculptural shapes; on faculty at Bennington (1934) and Julliard (1950); “The Art of Making Dances” Weidman’s work explored how giving into gravity makes one fall, while balancing your body against gravity could create movement as well; emphasized the movements that occurred before and after falling then suspension or the body’s resistance to gravity His work includes “Flickers”, “Atavisms” (Lynch town, Bargain Counter and Stock Exchange, 1935) “Brahms Waltzes” (dedicated to Doris Humphrey); “On My Mother’s Side” Known for the range of choreographic styles in which he worked, including religious, comedic, tributary and serious work; truly integrated dance and pantomime so that their distinctions were no longer recognizable Martha Graham (1894-1990)  Established a major work ethic and technique in the US  She defined her boundaries for modern dance (contemporary dance)  “Appalachian spring” (water springs from ground) o Major piece and by composer Aaron Copeland o Martha played the bride o Martha wanted to be in her own productions  Martha graham school of contemporary ballet o Company: Martha graham company Technique based on Contraction and Release  Technique of graham “Lamentation” (1930); “Steps in the Street” (Part of “Chronicle: 1936); “Chronicle” (1936) “Cave of the Heart” (1946), “Appalachian Spring” (1944), “Errand into the Maze” (1947) “Night Journey” (1947), “Maple Leaf Rag” (1990); 96 major works from 1926 through 1990 Continuing influence of Rudolf Von Laban Hanya Holm (1898-1992)  Studied with laban, was excited about dancing with a storyline and costumes  Known for 2 pieces of broadway shows o “Kiss Me Kate”, “My Fair Lady” Choreographer and master teacher using the theories of Wigman in the US  Laban’s first student was Wigman Kurt Jooss (1901-1979)  Student of laban during late 20’s/early 30’s (during nazi party)  He saw a buildup of the nazi party and choreographed an “anti-nazi” dance called “The Green Table”  Combined the theories of Laban with his own work Fled Germany with the rise of power of Adolf Hitler and settled with his company and teachings in England


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