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Contemporary
Dance Improvisation

Contemporary Dance Improvisation developed during the time of the movement of postmodern dance in the 1960s. Revolutionary dancers and choreographers extended the classical forms of dance as an artform.

 

Theater was no longer the main stage for performance, but any place could do, the street, a garage, the forest, a roof or a studio would become the stage. Classical genderroles were broken up and women became equal in their strength and expression, they could lift men and often costumes were in unisex.

 

Today contemporary danceimprovisation has become an established artforn in itself, it is also called „Instant Composition“ . The main goal ist o be present in the moment, to play on the spot with the elements of dance, choose and create „in the free fall“.

 

Improvisational structures called scores can help to channel themes and to add a specific focus.

The elements of dance are:

  • Space: place, travelling (running, walking, leaping), direction, levels, inner/ outer Space, public/private, closeness/ distance, patterns
  • Time: metered/ unmetered time, rythm (2/4, ¾ etc.),sensed time, crescendo/descendo, music live/recorded, silence, voice
  • Body: bodyparts, inner/kines/outer Sphere, Bodysystems (joints, muscles, bones, organs etc.), qualities of touch, closed/ open eyes, peripheral vision
  • Force: percussive, swinging, sustained, vibratory

 

All of these elements can be combined with each other and build the basis for a differentiated movement vocabulary.