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A Study on the Characteristics of Pina Bausch's Choreography

  • The Korean Journal of Dance Studies
  • Abbr : KRSDS
  • 2004, 13(13), pp.51-72
  • Publisher : The Korean Society for Dance Studies
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Dance

kim hyun nam 1

1원광대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze the characteristic of Pina Bausch’s choreography shown through review of her main dance works. Since she was appointed as an art director of Wuppertal Tanz Theater in 1973, she introduced a new form of modern dance, called Tanz“Theater”. She has been highly evaluated due to her works which contain the combination of German Expressionism with American Modern Dance. As a result of this study, a characteristic of her choreography is as follows; Firstly, she introduced a new form of expressionism, which focused on the impromptu elements of a play. Secondly, she made the dance come out of the narrow-defined "choreography" and expanded the field of dance by introducing a film technique, “Montage” into dance. Thirdly, she tried to deliver an unique auditory image to audience by combining various genres of music in her dance works. Fourthly, She expressed situations in her dance works more realistically and concretely by using a language as a theatrical element. Finally, she utilized usual movements rather than specific dance techniques, by combining and transforming objective images and movements which a body can experience in everyday social life. Pina Bausch tried to break from the typical dance form and develop her peculiar expressionism. Her creative spirit presents unlimited possibility to choreographers and encourages them to make new forms of modern dance.

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