German Modern Dance of the early 20th century

The Central European Dance of the early 20th century is a truly fascinating topic. It is an integral part of the artistic , cultural and social climate of the Weimar Republic.

Tonight’s talk will look at its early roots of back to nature movements such as the Wandervögel, and its affinity with Expressionism in painting and sculpture, as well as with the more minimalist principles of the Bauhaus.

The early German Modern dance is closely linked to contemporary music and its new emphasis on rhythmic elements, in particular Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps .
Equally, dance is seen as an integral contribution to the idea of Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk.

Social movements, in their search for new forms of communal living, claimed that the modern dance , especially Rudolf von Laban’s movement choirs, was a medium well suited to health and creative expression for everybody.

The talk will be accompanied by pictures and brief video clips.

Susanne Lahusen, originally from Goslar am Harz, studied Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban and London Contemporary School of Dance as well as at The Alvin Ailey School in New York. After completing her MA, she became a lecturer at Trinity Laban where she co -wrote a book on the German Modern Dance, reconstructed old works and taught dance history, practical classes and anatomy. In recent years, she has been working freelance, training teachers in dance, Pilates and yoga.

Presentation at Cheltenham German Club, 4th Nov 2022 at 19:30, Susanne Lahusen.

This talk will be in English.