ONLINE: This lecture course offers a historical background to modern dance, from 1890 to 1950. We will look at how modern dance developed in the United States and Germany as the art of individuals who created new dance styles that challenged established systems of culture and pushed the boundaries of what could be called "dance." We will examine the work of choreographers Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus and others. We will also explore the impact on these artists of the fight for women’s rights and health at the turn of the 19th century; the impact of race on the choreographic agendas of Black artists; German expressionism; Asian, African and Native American religion and ritual; the psychology of Freud and Jung; contemporary events; and influences from art forms other than dance. Students will gain insight into the aesthetic principles of these major choreographers and the social, political and aesthetic factors that drove them. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 40.
Class sessions are recorded.
Barbara Dickinson, professor emerita of the practice of dance at Duke, served as dance program director for 18 years and faculty member for 34 years. A modern dancer and choreographer, she has taught courses in ballet and modern dance history. Her research in age and the dance artist produced a chapter in "Staging Age" (edited by Valerie Lipscomb and Leni Marshall, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and “Margie Gillis: The Indelible Art of an Integrated Artist” in Dance Chronicle (2018).