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Dance

Postmodern Dance

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Postmodern dance tends to be divided between those choreographers who experiment formalistically with constructed and performed movement, and those who are influenced by modernist developments.


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Part 1 of the 80th Year Retrospective. Includes the ‘Undressing and Dressing’ and ‘Paper Dance’ from the ground-breaking interdisciplinary performance Parades and Changes.
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BODY WITHOUT A BRAIN
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Filmed in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), Body Without a Brain is a high-risk, physically demanding dance for camera. Rianto seems to be in a trance as he creates an unpremeditated encounter with the elements. He describes the work as like a tree without roots. The piece embodies anxiety as the natural world becomes ever more threatened.
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BODY/BAG
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Gavin Krastin is a choreographer and performance artist. He describes himself as “a gay, white, South African of a certain privilege and class in relation to other bodies.” He suggests that BODY/BAG deals with race and is intended to “expose and speak to the larger politics that affect us all.”
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Rosemary Butcher talks of the concerns that inform her work, referring specifically to the choreography, Spaces 4 (1988).
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Conquest and Prison
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Conquest and Prison is a two-part suite of site-specific dance films set in Grahamstown, South Africa. The two oldest historical sites in Grahamstown are Ft. Selwyn and the Old Gaol, which imprisoned thousands of black South Africans. The choreography of Part I "Oscar's Journey" is Oscar Buthelezi's personal response to the history of colonialism commemorated at Ft. Selwyn. Part II "Child's Play" is similar to the approach in "Oscar's Journey." "Chorographers Lorin Sookool and Julia Wilson reflect on the past as the sounds and images of the gaol continue to echo and resonate today.
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This piece is an excerpt from a half-hour documentary shot in Grahamstown, South Africa, during the annual National Arts Festival (https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/2016-festival/). Interviews were conducted with a wide range of choreographers.   This selection focuses on up-and-coming artists Julia Wilson, Lorin Sookool,  Athena Mazarakis, and Kamogelo Molobye.  The works are inspired by challenges facing women, gays, and lesbians in contemporary South Africa. 
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Kaash (Hindi word for ‘if’) was created in 2002 by Akram Khan when he was choreographer in residence of the Royal Festival Hall. He teamed up with celebrated talents Anish Kapoor and Nitin Sawhney.
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Rasa Dari Tari/The Soul of Dance
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The Soul of Dance is an introduction to the vibrant diversity of contemporary dance in Indonesia. Rooted both in tradition and the idioms of modern movement this half hour documentary introduces audiences to work ranging from site-specific solos to multimedia musical theater.
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The Lastmaker (2007) was Goat Island’s ninth and final performance, composed by the group with ending in mind. The piece took its inspiration from the historical trajectory of the Hagia Sophia.
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Trolley Dances
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Jean Isaacs presents an annual festival of site-specific dance in San Diego, CA. Original dances are created alongside San Diego’s iconic red trolleys. The special energy of this event comes from interaction of artists immersed in the community. In this project art and "real-life" are not rigidly distinct realms. The documentary takes a behind the scenes look at the months long process of creation.
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by McPherson, Katrina
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William Forsythe is recognised as one of the world’s foremost choreographers. He has also worked with media specialists to develop new approaches to dance documentation, research and education.
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Goat Island was a Chicago-based collaborative performance group that made nine intimate, low-tech and intensely physical performance works that toured internationally, between 1987 and 2009.
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Deborah Hay is a choreographer, author and dance visionary. In the 1960s, she trained with Merce Cunningham and performed with Judson Dance Theatre. She lives in the USA and works internationally.


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