Understanding Dance for Beginners and Intermediates, May 2020

This video tutorial (4 episodes) is a response to the statement “I don’t understand dance” – a sentence we encounter ever so often when moving away from the inner circles of dance lovers and dance experts. So, we attend to questions like: What do I look for when watching dance? What’s the relationship between dance, sound and music? What is there to know, and what would I like to know about dance? Understanding Dance for Beginners and Intermediates is an invitation to wonder, ponder, study, meet, and simply be in the room with dance. Let’s see how far we get. Advanced fans, advanced skeptics, professionals, and children are also welcome.

Susanne Martin – concept, performance
Gabriele Reuter – co-creation, performance
Hui-Chun Lin – co-creation, cello
Andrea Keiz – camera, video

Created for Soundance Festival Berlin 2020 (www.soundance-festival.de)

# Episode 1

Kinesthetic Empathy

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Recommendations for Further Reading and Watching:

Foster, Susan (2011) Choreographing Empathy: Kinesthesia in Performance. London: Routledge.

Pavis, Patrice (2016) The Routledge dictionary of performance and contemporary theatre. London: Routledge.

Reason, Matthew and Reynolds, Dee (2010) Kinesthesia, Empathy, and Related Pleasures: An Inquiry into Audience Experiences of Watching Dance. Dance Research Journal. Cambridge University Press, 42(2), pp. 49–75.

Reynolds, Dee and Reason, Matthew (2012) Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices. Bristol: Intellect.

30 min. lecture performance by Susan Foster (2011) Kinesthetic Empathies & The Politics of Compassion. http://danceworkbook.pcah.us/susan-foster/kinesthetic-empathies.html

# Episode 2

Monte Verità Part 1

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Recommendations for Further Reading and Watching:

Early European Modern Dance

Müller, Hedwig and Stöckermann, Patricia (1993) “…jeder Mensch ist ein Tänzer.” Ausdruckstanz in Deutschland zwischen 1900 und 1945. Gießen: Anabas.

Oberzaucher-Schüller, Gunhild (1992) Ausdruckstanz: Eine mitteleuropäische Bewegung der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts. Wilhelmshaven: Florian Noetzel.

45 min. documentary by Allegra Fuller Snyder (1991) When the fire dances between the two poles – Mary Wigman 1886-1973. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFCVWVaeevA

18 min. Jill Beck (1988) intensive course in elementary Labanotation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIhCI7WIBJg

60 min. Mark Jarecke (2012) introduction to Laban’s Space Harmony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-B_E3loAto

Dance and Recognition

Foellmer, Susanne (2006) Valeska Gert: Fragmente einer Avantgardistin in Tanz und Schauspiel der 1920er Jahre. Bielefeld: transcript.

Gert, Valeska (1968, reprint 2019) Ich bin eine Hexe: Kaleidoskop meines Lebens. Berlin: Alexander.

30 min. talk show excerpt (1975) with Valeska Gert as guest (in German language). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xgpvta0UMA

# Episode 3

Monte Verità Part 2

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Recommendations for Further Reading and Watching:

Dada / Cabaret Voltaire

5 min. excerpt of documentary by Greta Deses (1969). Reconstruction of a performance at the Cabaret Voltaire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkl92oV1kMc

55 min. documentary by Helmut Herbst (1968) Germany – Dada: An Alphabet of German Dadaism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9jMqxSPWWQ


12 min. video tutorial by Victor Gijsbers (2017) The Hermeneutic Circle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIEzc__BBxs

12 min. collage of Hans-Georg Gadamer speaking about hermeneutics (German with English subtitles) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm-hZY5W4Ss

Dance and Music

2 min. trailer by Walter Bickmann (2018) Gabriele Reuter and Mattef Kuhlmey in The Amplitude. https://www.tanzforumberlin.de/produktion/the-amplitude/

8 min. documentary (2017) on a sensory atelier based on The Amplitude by Gabriele Reuter and Mattef Kuhlmey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=339&v=__4boy3T3uQ&feature=emb_logo

10 min. performance excerpts (2017) of duets by Jenny Haack and Lin Hui-Chun. https://vimeo.com/294438082

6 min. performance excerpt (2016) Dr. D. meets Dr. V. by Susanne Martin and Alex Nowitz. https://vimeo.com/239994378

Hauert, Thomas (2016) Inaudible. Project description and video excerpt. https://zoo-thomashauert.be/en/projects/139/inaudible


 # Episode 4

Dance in Context

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No recommendations for this episode.

The workaholics should take a break.

The others still have work to do for Episode 1-3.