Dance in Europe after 1945 2

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107EDA2 ZK 3 1 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 65 to 80 hours of self-study English summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge of the development of dance culture in Europe after 1945 in both theoretical and artistic contexts, developing the volume of knowledge and the ability to put phenomena into context and to think critically about them, acquaintance with an extensive body of dance records from the period.

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Learning objectives:

The course Dance in Europe after 1945 2 takes the form of a lecture, providing an overview of the development of ballet/artistic dance, especially in Europe in the post-1945 period, and the distinctive tendencies, approaches and forms of artistic dance and other selected issues. It seeks to depict the situation in both parts of the divided Europe, common features and specificities, and mutual interactions. The events in Czechoslovakia are also set in the European context. In addition to the interpretation and study of literature, film footage of choreographic works and other materials form a substantial part of the content. In the second part of the course, the interpretation proceeds according to selected problem areas. The prerequisite for enrolling in the course is the completion of the lecture Dance after 1945 1.

The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of the development and forms of dance art of the immediate past as a basis for understanding the present situation, forms and place of dance in contemporary culture.

Thematic areas:

Dance art in the Eastern Europe and in the Czech Republic in the 1970s and 1980s – „symphonic ballet“ - Grigorovich, interaction of the West and the East - ballet competitions and their influence on interpretation style, influence of education - „national“ styles, performer-virtuoso - Plisetskaya, etc., „political liberation“ - modern dance in professional and amateur dance; Pavel Šmok and his choreographic work;

The turn of the 80s and 90s - the change of the socio-political and cultural situations, artistic dance - contemporary dance, the change of choreographic texture (from clarity to overlapping), the problem of the conception of large ballet companies, personalities and concepts of choreographic creation;

Contemporary dance in the Czech Republic in the 1990s, changes in choreography in the former Soviet Union - Yelizarev, Bryantsev and Eifman;

Narrative choreography and its development – R. Petit, A. Tomsky: The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, M. Ek, DV8, M. Bourne;

Abstract choreography – J. Kylián;


Dance and Film and Dance and Video;

Reconstruction, historically informed interpretation, choreographic heritage;

Dance and Mass Culture

Contemporary choreographic work - developments after 2000; discussion of perspectives and features of contemporary dance art.

Recommended or required reading

E-learning study materials

Required reading:

BREMSER, Martha. Fifty contemporary choreographers: second edition. London, New York: Routledge, 2011. ISBN 978-0-415-38082-9.

CLIMENHAGA, Royd ed. The Pina Bausch Sourcebook. The Making of Tanztheater. London and New York: Routledge, 2013. ISBN 978-0-415-61802-1.

Jiří Kylián retrospective. Den Haag: Nederlands Dans Theater, 1991.

LANZ, Isabella. Een tuin met duizend bloemen - Een monografie over Jiří Kylián 20 jaar Nederlands Dans Theater (1975-1995): A garden of dance - A monography on the work of Jiří Kylián 20 years at Nederlands Dans Theater (1975-1995). Amsterdam: Theater instituut Nederland, 1995. ISBN 90-70892-36-7.

WILLIS, Paul. Invisible Aesthetics and the Social Work of Commodity Culture. In: INGLIS, David; HUGHSON, John eds. The Sociology of Arts. Ways of Seeing. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, s. 73-86. ISBN 978-0-333-96267-1.

Video-recordings – online and in the Library of HAMU

John Neumeier: Othello (1985) or Illusionen wie Schwannensee (1976), 1 non-narrative choreography

W. Forsythe: Steptext or Gänge

M. Ek: Giselle, The House of Bernarda or Carmen

P. Bausch: Café Müller, The Rite of Spring, film Pina

Pierre Lacotte: La Sylphide


J. Kylián: No more play, Wings of Wax, Indigo Rose, Double You

O. Naharin: Perpetuum

N. Duato: Jardi tancat

DV8: Strange Fish

M. Bourne: Swan Lake

Triadic ballet

Assessment methods and criteria

Attendance 75%

Study of compulsory literature and videos

Essay on theme based on the material covered in Dance in Europe after 1945 1 and 2

Further information

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