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On Stage AloneSoloists and the Modern Dance Canon$
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Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813040257

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813040257.001.0001

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Aesthetics of Early Modernist Solo Dance in Central Europe

Aesthetics of Early Modernist Solo Dance in Central Europe

(p.73) four Aesthetics of Early Modernist Solo Dance in Central Europe
On Stage Alone

Karl Toepfer

University Press of Florida

Modern dance in Europe established itself as a distinctive aesthetic experience in the early twentieth century through solo dancing by a lone woman in a program of dances designed to reveal the power of movement to define and amplify her unique personality. To be modern was to be alone and free of social contexts. The dancer was allowed by audiences of the day to appear on stage in sensual and seductive ways. The door was open to expressionist dance. Nine dancers are presented: Mata Hari, Olga Desmond, Anna Pavlova, Gertrud Leistikow, Lavinia Schulz, Edith von Schrenk, Niddy Impekoven, Oda Schottmüller, and Ella Ilbak.

Keywords:   modern dance in Europe, sensuality on stage, social context, expressionist dance

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