Artscena’s first steps were dedicated to dance and gesture-based theatre.

Dance, the expression of the body in movement, is a vast discipline.

Always known as way to way to stimulate bringing people together at popular festivals, rituals, religious rites, dance constituted a way of theatrical expression in ancient Greece, and then was developed into different genres.

Classic dance and Academy Dance codified in France starting in 1661 with Louis XIV, thanks to the participation of Jean-Baptiste Lully or better Giovanni Battista Lulli, composer, dancer, and Florentine instrumentalist, who spent a great deal of his life in the court of Louis XIV, finally being naturalized as Frenchman.

It’s impossible to mention everything, but we have to mention Rudolph Nureyev, considered one of the greatest dancers of 20th century along with Nižinskij and Baryshnikov.

We now head into modern dance, evolved in France at the beginning of the 19th century thanks to the previous explorations of François Delsarte, master of expressive movement, to Rudolf Laban, inventor of a notation system for movement still in use today, to his contemporary, Jaques Dalcroze, champion of eurythmics, to their student Mary Wigman, a German promoter of “free dance” that infuenced the expressionism of Kurt Jooss and the dance theatre of his student, Pina Bauch. Meanwhile in the United States, free expression took flight of Isador Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and her husband, Ted Shawn, that had such an influence over Martha Graham and over one of her most celebrated dancers, Merce Cunningham.

Around the 30s in the United States, thanks George Balanchine, developed neoclassic dance, drawing from the language of classic dance using however the latest form, that of modern dance.

Perceptible at the opening of modern dance, and in sync with new forms of expression in Europe and the United States after the second world war, emerged contemporary dance that brought to the stage classic dance, urban dance (hip-hop, break dance born in the Bronx in middle of the 70s), dance theatre, performing with media (coming out the digital culture, interactive art and cyberformance). What principally changed is the role of the dancer: a dancer who listens more to himself and to which the choreographer leaves a lot of leeway.

From this perspective, dance supported by Artscena, breaks the confines of conventional artistic forms affirming with a full voice the new, proliferating, and always more hybrid stage arts.

Along the way, the types of dance promoted by Artscena, has included butoh, flamenco, tango, neoclassic dance, African dance, and physical theatre.


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