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Modern Movement: Innovations in Dance and Painting

Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Join us on July 12, 2012 for a discussion between Clyfford Still Museum Director Dean Sobel and Gil Boggs, Artistic Director at Colorado Ballet. The Directors will be making connections between contemporary art and modern dance. 

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The discussion will touch on Boggs’ personal stories from his years in the studio with ground-breaking choreographers as a Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre in New York, and the history of modern dance legends, such as Martha Graham and her protégés Lester Horton, Merce Cunningham and John Cage, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor.

Martha Graham’s “Night Journey”

Merce Cunningham’s “Variations V”

Similar to the Abstract Expressionists, Graham’s work often focused on human behavior and intense grief. She used emotional expression and sharp, contracted technique to create an avant garde form of dance based on real life and the events that shaped her world, a revolutionary departure from the perfect lines and traditional themes of classical story ballets.

Martha Graham on NPR’s “This I Believe”

Colorado Ballet is proud to feature great works by contemporary choreographers, as well as new dance works, each season. Spring 2013’s Masterworks bill will include Rite of Spring, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, and a world premiere work by Val Caniparoli.

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