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On Hyperchoreography


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Cage and Cunningham's work in the 1950's through to the 1960's paved the way for a whole new generation of dance-makers - the Post-Moderns. In their work also can be found a link to the ideas of hyperchoreography. Post-modern dance-makers such as Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs and Yvonne Rainer sought to free themselves of the expectations of creative approach laid down by the Modern choreographers before them by to make choreography free from "the old intuition bit". They preferred to draw on mathematical structures and scores to structure their choreography and thereby shifted the focus of the work onto the presentation of human motion for the sake of itself and its physicality in time and space.

This continuum is highlighted by Sally Banes In her definitive text on Post-Modern Dance, "Terpsichore in Sneakers". Here she makes the comparison between Yvonne Rainer and the writer and literary theorist Alain Robbe Grillet:

"Like Alain Robbe-Grillet calling for a new novel without character, story or commitment, Rainer proposed a new dance that would recognise the objective presence of things, including movements and the human body". She goes on to write that " Rainer opted for neutrality, refusing to project a persona or make a narrative.".


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