Pick an historical figure in the Early Modern Dance Historical Figures group list.
Read the paragraph about your figure in the “Major Figures in Modern, Post-Modern, and Contemporary Dance” section at the end of Chapter 6 in Learning About Dance (pages 92-97). For this module discussion, we will focus on the figures under the following subheadings: Forerunners, Pioneers, Second Generation, and Post-Moderners. Look up your figure in the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Dance, accessed through the MTSU Walker Library online (you may be asked to enter your MTSU Pipeline credentials). Newer artists may not be listed in this resource. Find one additional online source for information about your figure, including an image or video online that features the work of your figure, or if your figure is very old, a reconstruction of a work they were associated with.
Create an original thread and write a minimum of 100 words describing your figure’s contributions to modern dance. Make sure to discuss innovations as well as major works and influences. Include a link to a video or image of your figure and list a minimum of three sources for your information. You may include our textbook and the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Dance, if your figure is listed.
Respond to two classmates’ threads and write a minimum of 50 words in each response.
Ulysses Dove was an innovative contemporary choreographer born in Columbia, South Carolina. He started studying dance at Boggs Academy in Georgia, and then went on to attend Bennington College, where he studied ballet and modern dance with other well known choreographers at the time. Dove was mostly known for his innovation with the speed and force of his works. Some of his most famous works, like “Night Shade”, “Bad Blood”, and “Vespers”, were all renowned for their explosive dance movements and emotion. He won many awards such as the National Choreography Project Award, Monarch Award for Choreography, and New York Dance and Performance Award. He worked closely with several big dance companies, the biggest being the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Paul Taylor who is also know as Paul Belville Taylor had a career that lasted through both the modern and post-modern movement both in dancing and choreography. He studied at Julliard under Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon, as well as ballet under Anthony Tudor. He had an extensive dance career! In 1955, he started to create his own dances, then in 1961, he formed his own company which is now considered to be a world-renowned dance company. He used a combination of athletic dynamics and beauty to choreograph his dances. His movement styles included flat, dance scribbling, and lyric. His dances were known to include inventive, frequently humorous, and sardonic themes. His most popular dances include but are not limited to, Three Epitaphs (1956), Aureole (1962), and The Book of Beasts (1971). He influenced many generations and continues to influence new upcoming dancers as his company is still open and thriving today.
Learning About Dance By: Nora Ambrosio p.97
Oxford International Encyclopedia of Dance