Dance Assignment Create a dance phrase using fabric. Use the artwork of Loie Fuller as your inspiration. Your dance phrase should be at least 4 counts of 8. We will show in class tomorrow.
Isadora Duncan Isadora grew up being exposed to all of the arts. She taught dance classes to children to help raise money for her family. She performed as a soloist in the homes of society women as a teenager. Her reputation of her Free Dance and movement style took off and she began dancing on the stages in Europe. She opened a school for young children, teaching them art, culture, movement and spirituality as well as traditional academic lessons. After the death of her two children she adopted six and they were affectionately known as the “Isadorables.” They toured with their new Free Dancing technique. Her choreography consisted of skipping, running, jumping, leaping, with free-flowing costumes, bare feet and loose hair.
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Dance Assignment Create 4 counts of 8 using only skipping, running, jumping, and leaping. Think about pathways and the upper body as you create your phrase.
Denishawn Denishawn dance school and company founded in 1915 by Ruth St. Denis and her husband, Ted Shawn. Considered a pioneer of American modern dance, the Denishawn school promoted nonballetic dance movement and fostered such leading modern dancers as Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman. Because St. Denis and Shawn believed that all dance techniques were valid and instructive, the school offered classes in Oriental, Spanish, and primitive dance; the fundamentals of ballet; their own innovative techniques; and, later, the modern-dance techniques that had been developed in Europe by Rudolf Laban. Branches of the school were established in New York City and other American cities. The company's dances, choreographed by St. Denis and Shawn, ranged from solos to productions with Japanese, Hindu, Middle Eastern, or American Indian themes. The Denishawn dancers frequently toured the United States and performed in the Orient (1925–26). The company disbanded in 1931 after St. Denis and Shawn separated.Ted Shawn
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Dance Assignment Create 4 counts of 8 based on a statue Think about level changes and dynamics (energy) Make sure your dance has a beginning, middle, and ending Dance of Shiva
Martha Graham In 1916, at the age of twenty, Martha enrolled with the Denishawn Dance School, studying under Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. She was told that she was too old to begin to dance and that her body did not have the correct build for it. But she persevered. Martha proved to be a quick study with an impressive attention to detail and she worked incredibly hard to train her body to great precision. At the age of thirty she began teaching and choreographing. Her early works were not well received by audiences. They were so different from what they were use to seeing. She married a principle dancer with her company Erick Hawkins. She created “ballets” centering around their love. She danced until she was 76 years old. In the last couple of years of her life she did not like to see dances she created for herself and Erick being danced by other people. She created a dance system called contract and release as well as a dance company and studio.
Dance Assignment Today you are going to create a dance using body socks. You will use an emotion as you choreographic inspiration. Create 4 counts of 8 based on an emotion. We will try to guess your emotion.
Final Assignment – Due Monday Create 10 counts of 8 based on all 4 dancers we have studied. Your choreography is new and not borrowed from previous studies. When complete write (individually) a justification of where each dancer is represented in the dance. This should be one page.