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In the 1960’s, modern dance reflected the social and political unrest that pervaded the decade. (example: The Vietnam War) Many changes occurred. The only consistent characteristic was a discarding of theatrically in favor of everyday pedestrian movement. (Pedestrian movement usually is movement that any person can do without specific training. Many choreographers utilize this kind of movement. )
Many times, traditional leotards, tights, and theatrical costumes were discarded and replaced by utilitarian garments such as overalls and hard hats, gym shorts and tennis shoes, jeans, and even nudity!
The 1960’s and 1970’s produced new names for modern dance like antidance, nondance, minimal dance, verbal dance…. Dance was sometimes performed in non-traditional spaces like museums, malls, parking lots, streets, and parks. Philosophy: Ordinary movement by ordinary people in ordinary places is considered valid as art. Two camps of dance developed by the end of the 70’s. One camp was concerned with technique and dancers studied for extensive periods of time to master the choreographer’ technique. The dances were more difficult to perform. The other camp was more antidance. Time, space, and energy were altered to make new form, meaning, and non- meaning in dance. The dancers here discarded the preceding generations ideas of dance.
Modern Dance in the 1980’s
Dance technique became more difficult and specific. Some movements that might typically be associated with sports or nondance activities were also incorporated into choreographed pieces and used as dance movement. Pilobolus combines athleticism, traditional modern dance, and the support of another dancer’s weight in unusual ways to produce often humorous dances.
Different types of materials were used on stage included water, peat moss, rocks, or leaves on the stage floor.
Another trend that be significant in the 1980’s involves choreographers who consult with other artists in related fields to collaborate and produce works. Related fields included set and lightening designers, music composers, video artists, and costume designers.
Modern in the 1990’s
Modern dance during this time was marked by decreased funding from governmental agencies for the arts in the United States. There was less appeal to dance audiences and patrons as well as an influx of major and innovative foreign dance companies. There was also a devastating effect of AIDs on the dance field.
The 1990’s included the use of throwing and catching of the body with gymnastic and wrestling techniques. Some productions included elements from tap dancing, rhythmical percussion, and folk forms to appeal to new audiences.
Modern dance today continues to push the boundaries of its predecessors. Technology is pushing dance in a new direction.
Source Pages taken directly from : Penrod, James. The Dancer Prepares. Boston, Mcgraw Hill, 2005.