Dance Appreciation: Thurs. March 10
Dance Appreciation: Thurs. March 10 ESS 104
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Courtney Schmitz on Thursday March 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ESS 104 at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse taught by Kathy Gorman in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see Dance Appreciation in Physical Education at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
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Thursday, March 10, 2016 Martha Graham (cont.) -> lived to 97-> greatest pioneer of modern dance Graham Modern Dance Techique: CONTRACTION/RELEASE Based upon: 1) the motions of breathing 2) the belief that all emotions are felt in the “gut” first Started in the “house of the pelvic truth” Three contributions to Dance History: 1. First multiracial dance company 2. Contraction/Release Technique 3. Almost singlehandedly, made modern dance just as important as classical ballet. Merce Cunningham/John Cage Postmodernism Before Merce Cunningham, modern dance was about emotion. After Cunningham, Modern dance was simply about motion. Completely abstract choreography: “movement for movement’s sake” John Cage: avant-garde modern music composer o –created experimental scores with natural and electronic sounds o – “prepared piano”- regular piano with taped piece on the strings of the piano to create different sounds CHANCE COMPOSITION Cunningham and Cage created the dance and the music independently of each other so they would be “independently worthy” o Four Characteristics of Cunningham Choreography: 1. No strong, central focus 2. No stars or soloists 3. No particular facial expression 4. The dance and the audio accompaniment are not related to each other
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