Modern Dance Schools

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107KMTS ZK 3 10PS Czech summer

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This course is a detailed introduction to the development of dance in the modern period. It focuses on the newly constituted dance style of so called Expressive dance. (Ausdruckstanz).

Mode of study

Presentation, video screenings, text analyses.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

This course assumes the completion of an overview of history lectures in Survey of the History of Dance and Ballet and Survey of the History of Ballet in the Czech Republic.

Course contents

Periods in the development of the dance modern, characteristics of individual phases (relation to common artistic events, geographic spread, development of dance styles and forms, main representative;

The conditions ofr the rise of the dance modern: status of dance arts at the end of the 19th century, the dance modern sources of inspiration, relationto the previous development;

Dance and music in the modern (development of dance music, creations by Igor Stravinsky and other composers);

Dance and Theatre: changes in the concept of the theatre space and actors in it, impetus for the directorial concept of theatre, influence of Eastern theatre culture on the understanding of the place of dance in theatre, examples of direct interaction of modern dance and drama theatre;

Distinctive features of the dance modern: style, development of movement material, changes in the concept of dance forms, theatre as opposed to absolute dance, development of dance education, theory review of dance in the modern.

Recommended or required reading

Martin, John: Modern Dance, New York 1972.

Baxmann, Inge: Mythos: Gemeinschaft. Körper- und Tanzkulturen in der Moderne, München 2000.

Benjamin, Walter: Umělecké dílo ve věku své technické reprodukovatelnosti. In: Benjamin, Walter: Dílo a jeho zdroj, Praha 1979.

Brandenburg, Hans: Der moderne Tanz, München 1921.

Burt, Ramsay: Alien Bodies, London, New York 1998.

Fokin, Michail: Protiv těčenija, Leningrad, Moskva 1962.

Jaques-Dalcroze, Émile: Rytmus, Praha 1927.

Kröschlová, jarmila: Výrazový tanec, Praha 1964.

Laban, Rudolf: Die Welt de Tänzers, Stuttgart 1920.

Szondi, Peter: Teória modernej drámy, Bratislava 1969.

Thomas, Helen: Dance, Modernity and Culture, London, New York 1995.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on: participation in lectures, readings of the assigned literature.

During the semester readings of assigned literature and participation in lectures and independent study is required.

Conditions for successfull completion of the course; participation in lectures, readings of required literature.



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