Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques

Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques

Book - 2011
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Independent Publishing Group
Bringing together all of the major modern dance techniques from the last 80 years, this engaging account is the first of its kind. The informative discussion starts by mapping the historical development of modern dance: in the late 19th century, a new dance emerged—not yet known as modern dance—that rejected social strictures and ballet as well. With insight into the personalities and purposes of modern dance’s vanguard—including Martha Graham, Lester Horton, José Limón, and Merce Cunningham—this compilation provides a comparative approach that will enable students to discern which technique best suits them and dispel the idea that there is a single, universal modern dance technique. There are also ideas for experimentation so that students can begin developing an aesthetic sense for not only what is pleasing to their artistic eye, but also for what technical ideas are exciting while their own body is in motion. Sample lessons are included for teachers to incorporate the text into courses.

Blackwell Publishing
This comparative approach will enable you to try each technique with sample lessonsùand to contrast the different philosophies. The author pairs Martha Graham with Doris Humphrey, Katherine Dunham with Lester Horton, Jose Limon with Erick Hawkins, Alwin Nikolais/Murray Louis with Merce Cunningham. Paul Taylor has his own chapter, leading to the book's conclusion on how modern dance training is currently approached.

Each unit contains core ideas, a series of journaling and discussion topics, improvisation experiments, biographical sketches of the choreographers, and a presentation of-class material. At the end of each chapter, questions and experiments offer basic ideas that you can use to further your understanding of the choreography presented.

The techniques are placed within historical and cultural contexts, so that we see the interconnectedness of each choreography with history.

Publisher: Hightstown, NJ :, Princeton Book Company,, [2011]
Description: xix, 252 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780871273253
Branch Call Number: 792.8 Leg


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