Learn & Understand

Learn & Understand

Keys for understanding dance and its history


Virtuoso dance

Upon the exhibition "Rebel bodies" presented at the Musée des Confluences of Lyon from September 13, 2016 to March 5, 2017, Numeridanse propose to discover four major themes of this retrospective. The themas "Vulnerable Dance," "Dancing virtuoso," "Highbrow and popular Dance" and "Dance from elswhere" present choreographers and performers that have marked the dance of the 20th century.

The new interpretation of works : "Swan lake" and "Giselle"

As soon as a work is reproduced, is it not inevitably transformed? Because the bodies are different and the steps, the figures are no longer danced in the same way. When choreographers reproduce a ballet, they take the liberty of incorporating little extras, modifications to the partition, the characters, the sequences… It’s a sign that the dance is well and truly alive! And revisions, no matter how unusual they are, definitely contribute to breathing life into the choreographic repertoire and to enriching it. They are proof that the works in question deal with major themes, which lend themselves to a host of perspectives.

Dance and props

From the end of the 19th century, the use of accessories made it possible to make bodies bigger, to stretch out or to curb the dance, to venture into innovativeness, above and beyond the narrative body.This body/object duo is perhaps the confirmation of the exploration of innovativeness and would result in the diversity of dance in the 20th century, in a myriad of schools and styles.

Dance/Performance, figure of burlesques

An action taken by an artist who throws his body into the struggle , performance has seen its forms ceaselessly multiply and renew themselves. It is thus difficult or even impossible to precisely define it or to identify its limits. The borders have thus become increasingly porous between performance and contemporary dance which is, for its part, open to movements from other disciplines or to those from everyday life. All the same, we can wonder what performance has given to dance or what dance, in certain works, takes from performance.