Epreuves de danse 2021. Danse contemporaine. Variation N°11. Fin du 3ème cycle DNOP danseur, Bac TMD option danse, EAT. Garçon 1ère option.
The variations proposed by the French Ministry of Culture are teaching aids. They are designed to form a didactic tool allowing each teacher to transmit dances in the context of a choreographic culture.
We strongly recommend that teachers consult the enclosed leaflet, which presents for each variation a biographical note of the choreographers and musicians as well as comments on each dance.
The end of cycle 1 and 2 variations can be technically adapted by teachers, who have excellent knowledge of their students and are seeking for them the most appropriate physical commitment. The variations for end of cycle 3, DNOP (national diploma of professional orientation) in dance, Bac TMD (Baccalauréat in music and dance techniques) with dance option, EAT (French technical capability examinations), are extracts from repertoires and, as such, must respect the artistic writing. Moreover, some variations can be danced both by boys and girls, according to the choice of the student, candidate or teacher.
Alwin Nikolaïs was born in 1910 in Southington, Connecticut. He studied piano at an early age and began his performing career as an organist accompanying silent films. As a young artist he gained skills in scenic design, acting, puppetry and music composition. It was after attending a performance by the illustrious German dancer Mary Wigman that he was inspired to study dance. He received his early dance training at Bennington College from the great figures of the modern dance world: Hanya Holm, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Louis Horst, and others. In 1940, in collaboration with Truda Kaschmann, his first modern dance teacher Mr. Nikolais received a commission to create « Eight Column Line », his first ballet. In 1948, Mr. Nikolais was appointed director of the Henry Street Playhouse, where he formed the Playhouse Dance Company, later renamed and known as the Nikolais Dance Theatre. It was at Henry Street that Mr. Nikolais began to develop his own world of abstract dance theatre, portraying man as part of a total environment. His unique choreographic works placed him in a realm previously untouched by other choreographers. Mr. Nikolais redefined dance, as “the art of motion which, left on its own merits, becomes the message as well as the medium.“
While developing his choreography, Mr. Nikolais' lifelong interest in music led him to create his own scores. Choreographer, composer, scenic and costume designer, has blended his many talents into a single aesthetic force. In a career that has spanned five decades, he has left his imprint on every theatrical medium, from Broadway to television. Whenever there is something new, his hand is evident. His lighting wonders, his sound scores, his choreography, and his costumes have influenced the contemporary stage and a generation of choreographers. Mr. Nikolais is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Nikolais Dance Theater and the genius responsible for dozens of visual masterpieces. As a uniquely original exponent of American contemporary dance he toured throughout Europe and subsequent tours to South America and the Far East. Mr. Nikolais is renowned as a master teacher, and his pedagogy is taught in schools and universities throughout the world. He passed away May 8, 1993 and is buried in Pere La Chaisse cemetery in Paris.
Source: Nikolais/Louis Foundation for dance Inc.
More information: nikolaislouis.org
Epreuves de danse 2019. Danse contemporaine. Variation N°11. Fin du 3ème cycle DNOP danseur, Bac TMD option danse, EAT. Garçon 1ère option.
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