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Scholars Day: April 6, 2011

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Power of Simplicity in (Making of) Dance

The term “simple” is often used as a descriptive word in various realms of art, and dance is no exception. A definition of simplicity varies situation by situation. There is not one thing that is universally perceived as simple. Dance is an art form in which physicality and aesthetics play equally important part. In speaking of such art, what does simplicity mean? Is basic or easy the same thing as simple? How does simple differ from the postmodern aesthetics of Minimalism? This presentation attempts to identify the simple in dance through the works by George Balanchine and Pina Bausch, two choreographers with seemingly totally different aesthetics, in order to investigate the power and effect simplicity can have on dance and the making of it. This also seeks a path to an answer to the question: is simple opposite of complex?

Presenter: Mariko Yamada (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theatre
Time: 9 am (Session I)
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