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 however that the Anderson article stops its coverage of modern dance history several decades ago.)
As you read, notice which choreographic ideas interest you the most. As you watch the videos, think about what you find compelling and why.
Complete the reading and viewing by Thursday Oct. 11. There is no writing assignment, but you will be asked to discuss your reading and viewing in class.
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, "Water Study"
Charles Weidman, Excerpt from "Lynchtown"
Martha Graham, Excerpt from "Errand Into the Maze"
Helen Tamaris, “Moise" (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 “Esplanade"
Alwin Nikolais, Excerpt from "Tensile Involvement"
Merce Cunningham, Excerpt from "Coast Zone"
Yvonne Rainer, "Trio A"
Early Contact Improvisation
Twyla Tharp, excerpt from “Push Comes to Shove"
Molissa Fenley, excerpt from “Lava Fields"
Trisha Brown, Excerpt from "Set and Reset" (start film at 1:17 to avoid rehearsal footage)
Meredith Monk, excerpt from “Book of Days"
Kai Takei,“Light Part 7"
(start at 3:30)