Who's the Most Influential 20th century choreographer
Posted 12 June 2003 - 06:43 AM
Posted 12 June 2003 - 07:37 AM
Plus, she was so productive for so long!
Posted 12 June 2003 - 10:40 AM
Posted 13 June 2003 - 04:28 AM
"Who's the Most Influential 20th century choreographer"
"who do you think is THE most influential modern dance choreographer?"
~ or did i miss something?
given the options, it appears to me that the question is ONLY the second one - not the first.
is that fair comment? :confused:
Posted 13 June 2003 - 05:42 AM
Posted 15 June 2003 - 04:10 AM
Posted 15 June 2003 - 07:04 AM
Posted 15 June 2003 - 06:15 PM
Posted 15 June 2003 - 09:47 PM
Posted 16 June 2003 - 06:15 AM
I think it's hard for Americans to evaluate Wigman. She didn't influence US, ergo she doesn't count. But she influenced a lot of people (including Balanchine).
Posted 16 June 2003 - 07:35 PM
Posted 17 June 2003 - 05:32 AM
Posted 17 June 2003 - 05:08 PM
i agree with GWTW that duncan's name is far better known by the public - and associated in the public mind with any type of dancing that's 'free-er' than ballet. graham's name, IMO, is really not much known by the GENERAL public (which is quite unfair.)
my first reaction was that graham's influence on dance was not so much "as a choreographer", but more via her development of a technique which could be taken seriously in theatrical dance, as training, and then as a performance language. and THEN as an influence on balletic vocabulary. and lastly, in her actual stage choreographies, which have dated very quickly. (i am of the unpopular opinion that cunningham's have, too.)
i am afraid that i am not a fan of cunningham (sorry nanatchka) - but i live in a place where it seems 'everyone' else IS.
many of these people have been trained at THE local tertiary dance institution, where the head of dance is an ex-cunningham company member. (cunningham has visited here twice recently, accepted an honorary doctorate from that university, and set up a foundation for a local student to travel to NY each year, to study/work/research in areas related to HIS work - i.e. either his dance, or cage-related music studies.)
so, living in an isolated small town as i do, with THIS the prevailing 'atmosphere', there really isn't any room for a visible/prominent critic to even admit to this point of view, let alone discuss it seriously! (i can call myself 'prominent' and 'visible' because it's such a small town, and there are so few critics, that one can't help but be.)
therefore i appreciate being informed by articulate cunningham enthusiasts, about his work. because HERE, his genius is SO taken-for-granted, that it would be seen as terribly gauche to even discuss the basics, about the value of his work.
i still hold my opinion, as i voted. i have been questioning myself, as to how far one takes the question 'WHO influenced who?'...but i see graham as SUCH a breakaway from anything that had come before. SUCH a revolution in theatrical dance.
to me, cunningham is just ballet in parallel! :eek:
oh god, now i've said it.
i hope no-one local is reading. (it's pretty safe that they won't be!)
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