Used fabric and lights to create groundbreaking performances. Developed the lighting ideas and technology that would lead to the development of theatrical colored light sand gels.
Inspired by Greek art and ancient imagery. Moved away from Ballet technique into a more natural way of moving.
Ruth St. Denis
Influenced by Hindu mythology.In 1938, Ruth founded the Adelphi University’s dance program, one of the first in America Famous works “Incense,” “The Art of Solo,” “Radha,”...
Ted Shawn 1891-1972
Technique was ballet without shoes that focused less on rigidity and more on freeing the upper body. Founded his all Male dance troupe.
Pioneer in expressionist dance and dance therapy. Worked extensively with Rudolf von Laban in developing a technique based on contrast.
Charles Weidman 1901-1975
Played with the idea of gravity, how to freely give into gravity and fall. Suspension (body’s resistance to gravity), succession (progressive unfolding of the body from joint to joint)-Emphasized expression in his work which varied from serious to comedic