Updated: Nov 22, 2018
Braeuninger Renate, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
On the subject of post-modern dance, Braeuninger Renate raised some questions that go all the way to the post-dramatic theatre.
With the example of the danser Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Braeuninger talked about the recreation of musical forms via dance on stage. This particular dancer uses pure dance, as in pure movements to express herself. She does not need a narrative, she is not addressing any political situations, she is just creating dance in our contemporary world. She performs dance for the dance itself. This last phrase reminds me of "art for art".
The emotional expression that comes from an interior necessity has the power to reach the audience. Even more so when it is pure.
I can't help but make the connection with the Bauhaus scene, when Kandinsky used forms and colours to stage a spectacle that was inspired and driven by his interior necessity to" form" music.
Gesture does have a different form/role in non-narrative productions and it is not a shock. What startled me is the fact that the avant-gardes are coming back on stage. I approached the researcher and ask her if she also found this connection existent. The answer was yes. So the next thing I needed to ask her was why. Why now? Are we in between wars and in need of a pure form of art, I think yes. She tells me that Kandinsky created something in priori, that he was ahead of his time, so it's only natural other artists would feel the need to go there and explore some more. What is more, as she is German, she let me know that in Germany everyone knows the texts, what they need now is to explore the staging.
So there it is, revisited ideas produce new types of non-narrative performances.