Learn & Understand

Learn & Understand

Keys for understanding dance and its history


Dance at the crossroad of the arts

For the American choreographer Merce Cunningham, “dance is an independent art.” But, he adds, other elements may come in and enrich it. By interacting with architecture, music, circus or theatre, with which it shares the common ground of space, rhythm, virtuosity, narration…, dance explores new possibilities and is ceaselessly reinventing itself. The eight sequences of this Theme illustrate this point. A panorama which emphasizes the openings in which dance, as a living art, continually participates.

Literary Encounters

The collaboration between a choreographer and a writer on a show reveals multiple combinations. Sometimes, it is no longer even the choreographer who sets the text of an author to dance – it is the writer who takes the dance as the subject or material of his text. Lastly, and it is a trend which is currently developing – for example with the Concordanse festival – dance and literature sometimes access the space of creation on a purely equal basis to propose a common artistic act and atypical performances, between literary event and choreographic show.

Ballet pushed to the edge

Aplomb, symmetry, bars, harmony, control: just a few of the terms typically used in ballet, whether we are talking about the “Belle Danse” of the 17th century, Romantic ballet that came along a century later or, to a lesser extent, neo-classical dance.

Contemporary Technique(s)

This thema in the form of a question is searching for the technique(s) revealed by various contemporary dance shows and also aims to give an idea of the training methods or technical training of contemporary dancers.