Where did it all begin?
In the stage production of Do you contemporary dance? a concise history of contemporary dance, starting with the historical roots of theatrical dance and then mentioning the main protagonists, stylistic directions and techniques, is seen from a clown’s innocent perspective (Timecode: 0:10:02 – 0:17:06). The handbook does not attempt to provide a comprehensive history, but offers a short historical summary of and information on these personalities and styles, together with a visual reference. Some important names may be missing. However, I attempt to describe the logical progression and development of modern and contemporary dance in the last 120 years. If you would like to read and find out more about dance history, the bibliography in the last chapter of the handbook suggests further reading material and the quiz in chapter 1 presents short film sequences of varying modern and contemporary dance styles.