Contemporary Dance Courses

Course Description

A dancer performing a contemporary dance piece Contemporary dance is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance.[1] Due to its technical similarities, it is often perceived to be closely related to modern dance, ballet, and other classical concert dance styles.


Cunningham's key ideas include:

  • Contemporary dance does refuse the classical ballet's leg technique in favor of modern dance's stress on the torso
  • Contemporary dance is not necessarily narrative form of art
  • Choreography that appears disordered, but nevertheless relies on technique
  • Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction
  • Multiple and simultaneous actions
  • Suspension of perspective and symmetry in ballet scenic frame perspective such as front, center, and hierarchies
  • Creative freedom
  • "Independence between dance and music"
  • Dance to be danced, not analyzed
  • Innovative lighting, sets, and costumes in collaboration with Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns

10 Seats Available

Level: Beginner

Duration: 3 months

Location: Pune


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