Tag: dance history

History Quiz: Antonio Gades

1.    Through what societal group did Gades find his calling in flamenco? 2.    Name the choreographer who discovered Gades at age 16 and gave him his stage name. 3.    What did Gades and the choreographer mentioned above contribute to Spanish dance? 4.    Who provided Gades with his virile technique? 5.    Why did Gades think that […]

How José Limón Imbued Modern Dance with Dignity

Charismatic performer, prolific choreographer and model of elegance, José Limón (1908–1972) sought to humanize modern dance. Although it was never codified, his technique that incorporated Doris Humphrey’s theories of fall and recovery with an emphasis on breath and weight is considered a crucial component of the modern dance lexicon. Born in Mexico as the oldest […]

Pina Bausch: Embodying Tanztheater

Following World War II, modern dance in Germany experienced a shift. Out of Mary Wigman and Rudolf Laban’s Ausdruckstanz, or expressionist dance, a new genre grew: Tanztheater (dance theater). Poetic and pedestrian movement mixed with text, drama and sets to form highly theatrical works. German choreographer Pina Bausch is most associated with Tanztheater, and her […]

Enrico Cecchetti: Creator of The Cecchetti Method, a Revolutionary Ballet Technique

Enrico Cecchetti created a ballet technique, still widely used today, known for two revolutionary ideas: first, that a dancer’s degree of turnout should be based on his or her normal rotation from the hips; second, that technique should be free of stylistic flourishes and instead focus on pure, strong movement. Cecchetti (1850–1928) was born in […]

Bob Fosse: The Choreographer Who Changed Broadway Jazz

From pigeon-toed stances and widespread palms to sinewy, meticulous isolations, few choreographers evoke such strong imagery as Bob Fosse (1927–1987). Not only did he revolutionize the look of musical theater in the 1950s–’80s, but his work also continues to influence choreographers and filmmakers today.  A Chicago native, Fosse came from a family of vaudeville performers. […]

History Quiz: Michael Bennett

Read up on Michael Bennett’s contributions to Broadway and more here, then test your students’ knowledge with this quiz!  1. How did Bennett model himself after Jerome Robbins? 2. What was the first Broadway show Bennett saw at age 11? 3. _______ was Bennett’s longtime collaborator. 4. Name a few Broadway shows Bennett directed and/or […]

He’s the One: Broadway Knight Michael Bennett

A dancer’s ornamentally unfurling arms and catlike spine develop under a spotlight. Alone in a dark, empty space, she watches her haloed dancing figure in a mirrored triptych, whose three panels resemble a church altar painting. In this iconic “Music and the Mirror” number of A Chorus Line, director Michael Bennett revealed a dancer’s private […]

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