Contemporary Dance

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Contemporary Dance

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

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