Visual/Musical Effects in Two Dance Performances

Authored by: Flaviana Sampaio

The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture

Print publication date:  September  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415629256
eBook ISBN: 9780203629987
Adobe ISBN: 9781135956462


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Over the course of the twentieth century, the art world saw several shifts in artists' approach to their practice. In part, these upheavals were motivated by a rejection of the established forms of the past, including the traditional understanding of the relationship between the arts and the appropriate use of their media. Dance performances partook of these changes, and their effects can be seen clearly in dance practice today. Among the artists whose activities found a central position in this rethinking of art are two whose work will provide the case studies for this chapter: my discussion is based around Lamentation (1930) by Martha Graham, and Nearly Ninety (2009) by Merce Cunningham.

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