Contemporary dance (in conversational form sounds as contemp) is a modern dance style. It was born in the middle of XX century in theatres and dance schools of Europe and USA.
What is contemp?
The predecessors of сontemporary style were modern and postmodern. That’s why it won’t be difficult to study contemp for those who already own these dance styles. The classical ballet is considered a parent of this style.
Despite the fact that the style is evolving for decades toward greater naturalness and diversity contemporary absorbed elements of the related styles both as elements of yoga, different improvisation technics and knowledge of human body movements.
What could help you to study contemporary?
Modern ballet, Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, contact improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis, Sullivan Technique, Release Technique, Graham technique, body pantomime: Corporeal mime - Etienne Decroux technique, Cunningham technique, Jose Limon technique, Humphrey-Weidman technique, Somatic Education, Lester Horton Technique, Hawkins technique, Feldenkrais method, Pilates and Yoga.
History of contemporary dance
Famous American dancer of the XIX-XX centuries Isadora Duncan is considered as the mother of contemporary. She used to say that dance is an essential continuation of human movement; it’s a reflection of emotions, feelings and character of the person who performs the dance.
Subsequently this phrase became an ideology of modern contemporary dance.
Significant contribution to the contemp development made such as dancers and choreographers as: Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Mary Wigman, Paul Taylor, Rudolph von Laban, Martha Graham, Loie Fuller, Jose Limon, Marie Rambert, Merce Cunningham, and even musicians Francois Delsarte and Emile Jaques-Dalcroze whose works have inspired and sounded in stages and lessons of contemporary dance.
Almost all of these persons are considered as the founders of the modern style, and give their names to techniques created and developed by them. But without their participation contemporary dance won’t have acquire its present form.
Contemporary style not only has not lost its relevance, but also became one of the most advanced, commercially successful and popular dance styles in the XXI century. it is studied in universities and dance studios around the world, put in modern and classical theater, as well as on the popular TV show So You Think You Can Dance (the analog of Ukrainian show "Let’s Dance!") where it stands in line with the hip -hop, jazz and ballroom dances.
The most outstanding choreographers of contemporary
Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Derek Mitchell, Mandy Moore, Sonya Tayeh, Tyce Diorio, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Christopher Scott, Dee Caspary, Justin Giles, Tessandra Chavez, Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Garry Stewart, Ronit Ziv, Ben Susak , Tovaris Wilson, Brian Friedman, Derek Mitchell, Shelley Hutchinson, Jason & Claire Baton, Radu Poklitaru, Konstantin Tomilchenko.
Music for contemporary performance
Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Adele, Massive Attack, The XX, James Blunt, X Ambassadors, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Linkin Park, Muse, Hurts, Radiohead, Океан Эльзы, Kadnay, Florence and The Machine, M83, Lykkie Li, Alina Orlova (Алина Орлова), Poets of the Falls, Tsar B, Allan Rayman, Coldplay, Hozier, Imagine Dragons, James Arthur, Keaton Henson, Kwabs, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Pink, Sam Smith, Selena Gomez, Blake McGrath, James Bay, THEY, Harry Styles, SZA, Sevdaliza.