Event Title

The Impact of a Changing World on Modern Dance in the 1930 and 1940's America

Location

CSU 203

Start Date

20-4-2015 3:15 PM

End Date

20-4-2015 4:15 PM

Student's Major

Theatre and Dance

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Julie Kerr-Berry

Mentor's Email Address

julie.kerr-berry@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Theatre and Dance

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

Modern dance, in its second generation struggled to find its voice as it was began to be accepted as a dance form. In an effort to create momentum and growth and to continue to push boundaries, many modern dance choreographers created codified techniques that allowed them to create works that fit their person aesthetics. Examples of these choreographers are Martha Graham, Lester Horton and Katherine Dunham. World War Two challenged and influenced what choreographers were dancing about. World War Two was also the catalyst that allowed for the rise of third generation, specifically Merce Cunningham and allowed for break from the codification of the second generation and gave modern the ability to have movement separate from emotion and music that characterize modern dance at the time.

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The Impact of a Changing World on Modern Dance in the 1930 and 1940's America

CSU 203

Modern dance, in its second generation struggled to find its voice as it was began to be accepted as a dance form. In an effort to create momentum and growth and to continue to push boundaries, many modern dance choreographers created codified techniques that allowed them to create works that fit their person aesthetics. Examples of these choreographers are Martha Graham, Lester Horton and Katherine Dunham. World War Two challenged and influenced what choreographers were dancing about. World War Two was also the catalyst that allowed for the rise of third generation, specifically Merce Cunningham and allowed for break from the codification of the second generation and gave modern the ability to have movement separate from emotion and music that characterize modern dance at the time.

Recommended Citation

Marcy, Megan. "The Impact of a Changing World on Modern Dance in the 1930 and 1940's America." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/oral_session_15/2