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    • Netherlands Dance Theater: Contemporary Dance
      Tara and Sirin
    • Contemporary Dance
      Concert dance
      Can be danced to almost any style of music and can be united with any other dance forms to create new movement styles
      Sub-genres: conceptual dance,
      pedestrian contemporary
      Often focuses on breathing,
      alignment, raw emotion,
      opposing movement
    • History
      Developed in early 20th century
      In counteract against limits of traditional ballet
      Build on foundations of modern dance
      Pioneered by:
      Isadora Duncan
      Doris Humphrey
      Ruth St. Denis
      • Mary Wigman
      • Merce Cunningham
      • Martha Graham
      • Jose Limon
    • Technique
      From ballet, modern dance + post modern dance
      Alexander technique: using muscles efficiently to improve movement and posture
      Limon technique: exploring the energy of gravity- working with weights (heavy energy, fall/rebound, recovery, suspension), breathing to lift
      Graham technique: use of abdominal + pelvis,
      grounded energy, breathing + impulse control
      (contract/release, fall/recovery)
    • Technique
      Contact Improvisation: awareness of space and weight, exploration of movements from weight exchange, fluid movement and touch points
      Dance Improvisation: used as a choreographic
      tool to explore new movement + ideas
      Pilates, yoga, martial arts
      Floor work, lifts in partnering
      Using body’s natural line and energy
       greater range of fluidity/flow of movements
    • Netherlands Dance Theater
      NederlandsDans Theater
      Founded by Benjamin Harkarvy, AartVergstegen and CarelBirnie in 1959
      Benjamin Harkarvy: American dance teacher, choreographer and artistic director
      Dutch contemporary dance company
      Lucent Danstheater- 1987
      Het Muziektheater- Amsterdam
      Stadsschouwburg- Nijmegen
    • Netherlands Dance Theater
      Began with 18 members of the Dutch National Ballet
      Wanted to break from restraints of traditional Dutch ballet
      To explore new forms of dance
      and ideas
      Experiment with various
      movements
      1960’s
      Combination of classical dance
      and American modern dance
      Strong American influence
    • “Whereabouts Unknown/Bella Figura”
      Choreographed by JiriKylian
      Themes/Ideas
      Explores the whereabouts
      of human existence
      Emphasizes relationships and sensuality
      Questions social order + correctness
      Set/Costumes
      Contrast of dark form fitting to bright loose costumes
      Masks, sand, ramp, work with curtains
    • Awards
      VSCD 12 times (Vereniging van Schouwburgen en Concertgebouw Directie’s
      Zwaan award- “Most impressive dance production 2009” and “most impressive dance performance 2009”
      Foreign awards: Nijinsky Award & Choreographers won awards from Edinburgh international festival