Read the Jack Anderson article entitled "The Phoenix of Modern Dance", notice which choreographers interest you the most and take time to watch videos of their work below. Look at a minimum of 3 videos. Do not worry about remembering all the names of all the major choreographers in the history of modern dance. Just take a look at each choreographer's ideas so that you can get a sense of the breadth and history of the field of modern dance. (Please note that the Anderson article stops its coverage of history several decades ago and many of the developments that inform the videos you saw earlier in the semester and the work we do in class are not covered by the article.)As you read, make a list of which choreographic ideas interest you the most. Write this down as part of your homework.
As you view videos, also notice what interests or appeals to you. Do your best to articulate (in writing) why you find a particular dance or aspect of several dances compelling.
Try to be as honest and specific as possible in these writings. No need to pretend you love every idea and video!
Rather, by noticing the parts that speak to you the most, you can get to know better your own aesthetics and ideas about movement and art. The effort of explaining what exactly compels you in a given work of dance gives you the opportunity to draw on your growing tools for understanding dance AND helps you to develop your perception of dance in ways that may help you in class.
Length: 1-2 pages
Assignment Due: Thursday Nov. 17 at or before the start of class (paper copies and email accepted)
I tried to find a video for each artist mentioned in the text. There are a handful whose work I could not find for you, but the majority of the choreographers that Anderson writes about are represented below. Enjoy!
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Isadora Duncan, excerpts of several dances (re-performed after her death)
Mary Wigman, Excerpt from "Witch Dance"
Ruth St. Denis, "Bakawali Nautch"
Ted Shawn, "Japanese Spear Dance"
Doris Humphrey, Excerpt from "With My Red Fires"
Doris Humphrey, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Water StudyÃ¢â‚¬Â
Doris Humphrey, excerpt from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Day on EarthÃ¢â‚¬Â
Charles Weidman, Excerpt from "Lynchtown"
Martha Graham, Excerpt from "Errand Into the Maze"
Helen Tamaris, Ã¢â‚¬Å“MoiseÃ¢â‚¬Â (reconstruction)
Jose Limon, Excerpt from "Moor's Pavane"
Pearl Primus, Reconstruction of "Strange Fruit"
Donald McKayle, Excerpt from "Rainbow Round My Shoulder"
Alvin Ailey, sections from Ã¢â‚¬Å“RevelationsÃ¢â‚¬Â
Paul Taylor, excerpt from Ã¢â‚¬Å“EsplanadeÃ¢â‚¬Â
Alwin Nikolais, Excerpt from "Tensile Involvement"
Merce Cunningham, Excerpt from "Coast Zone"
Judson Dance Theater
Yvonne Rainer, "Trio A"
Early Contact Improvisation
Twyla Tharp, excerpt from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Push Comes to ShoveÃ¢â‚¬Â
Molissa Fenley, excerpt from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lava FieldsÃ¢â‚¬Â
Trisha Brown, Excerpt from "Set and Reset" (start film at 1:17 to avoid rehearsal footage)
Meredith Monk, excerpt from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Book of DaysÃ¢â‚¬Â
Kai Takei, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Light Part 7Ã¢â‚¬Â
(start at 3:30)