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German Lineage in Modern Dance

Solos by Wigman * Hoyer * Holm * Nikolais * Louis

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German Lineage in Modern Dance


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The pioneering new DVD release celebrates the legacy of modern dance that started in Germany before World War I and expanded into new dimensions in the United States in the late 20th century. The influence of this complex and compelling heritage has spanned decades and spread to diverse areas globally.

This intriguing “must see” DVD presents solos by innovators and artistic heirs of German Expression Dance, or Ausdruckstanz.Works of each choreographer are highlighted through solos, narration and original photographs.Blending academic research and artistry, Dr. Betsy Fisher, has conceived and performed this DVD. Extensive research was conducted in dance archives and dance studios in the United States and Europe. The original choreographers, and/or those who best represent the choreographer’s legacy, directed these solos.

Program Details Chapters:

Mary Wigman, Germany:  Hexentanz, Seraphic Song, Pastorale
Dore Hoyer, Germany: Affectos Humanos, Angst, Liebe
Hanya Holm, Germany U.S.: Excerpt from Homage to Mahler
Alwin Nikolais, U.S.: Excerpt from Tribe, plus photos by Tom Caravaglia
Murray Louis, U.S.: Excerpt from Figura

German Lineage in Modern Dance blends these captivating dance segments with fascinating narration and original photographs. The result is an eye-opening tour of a vibrant dance tradition that has strong German roots but reaches out to its witnesses worldwide. A treasure to experience, German Lineage in Modern Dance is the next best thing to seeing modern dance performed in person, and is highly recommended to dance enthusiasts, scholars, and college library DVD collections alike.

Midwest Book Review: February 2012

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