Aesthetics of Early Modernist Solo Dance in Central Europe

Karl Toepfer

in On Stage Alone

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813040257
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043869 | DOI:
Aesthetics of Early Modernist Solo Dance in Central Europe

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Modern dance in Europe established itself as a distinctive aesthetic experience in the early twentieth century through solo dancing by a lone woman in a program of dances designed to reveal the power of movement to define and amplify her unique personality. To be modern was to be alone and free of social contexts. The dancer was allowed by audiences of the day to appear on stage in sensual and seductive ways. The door was open to expressionist dance. Nine dancers are presented: Mata Hari, Olga Desmond, Anna Pavlova, Gertrud Leistikow, Lavinia Schulz, Edith von Schrenk, Niddy Impekoven, Oda Schottmüller, and Ella Ilbak.

Keywords: modern dance in Europe; sensuality on stage; social context; expressionist dance

Chapter.  14611 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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