- Contemporary dance
Contemporary dance is a genre of concert dance(which is performed to an audience) that employs compositional philosophy, rather than choreography, to guide unchoreographed movement. It uses dance techniques and methods found in ballet, modern dance and postmodern dance, and it also draws from other philosophies of movement that are outside the realm of classical dance technique.
The term "contemporary dance" is sometimes used to describe dance that is not classical jazz or traditional folk/cultural dance. The hallmark of contemporary dance is an awareness of the limitations of form. Sub-genres recently defined by dance critics include non-dance, conceptual dance and pedestrian contemporary.
Pioneers of contemporary dance (the offspring of modern and postmodern) include Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Mary Wigman, Francois Delsarte, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Rudolph von Laban, Loie Fuller, Jose Limon and Marie Rambert.
Dance techniques and movement philosophies employed in contemporary dance may include:
- Body-Mind Centering as a movement philosophy but not as a technique
- Contemporary ballet
- Alexander Technique
- Bartenieff Fundamentals
- Contact Improvisation
- Dance Improvisation
- Feldenkrais method
- Hawkins technique
- Horton technique
- Humphrey-Weidman technique
- Graham technique
- Cunningham technique
- Corporeal mime - Etienne Decroux technique
- Release Technique
- Martial Arts
- Sullivan Technique
- ^ The Juilliard School - Dance Division - Curriculum Outline
- ^ Scheff, Helene; Marty Sprague, Susan McGreevy-Nichols (2010). Exploring dance forms and styles: a guide to concert, world, social, and historical dance. Human Kinetics. p. 87. ISBN 0736080236. http://books.google.co.in/books?id=phJqR8gMWRUC&pg=PA87&dq=%22Contemporary+dance%22#v=onepage&q=%22Contemporary%20dance%22&f=false.
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