Improvisation Through Art & Dance

Carol Mach Barreto Pino
Oct 20, 2014 4:11AM

Dance and the arts reflect the cultural norms in our society. Thus, modern and postmodern dance includes themes present in society. When artists interact with dance, surprising displays of movement are created in two-dimension, three-dimension or interactive forms. This exhibition wishes to explore how modern dance influences Modern and Contemporary art. Through the use of artists and dancers ranging from Robert Rauschenberg to Anne Halprin, the relationship between improvisation as a means of therapeutic engagement with the audience becomes a growing topic in both disciplines.

Improvisation sparked the creativity of Halprin and Dunn as postmodernist choreographers. But this is co-current with the work of visual artists in Impressionism and in transnational Modernism. First, both found improvisation essential for the creation of new movements; it was a chance to play and stretch limits. Second, improvisation could express and reveal one's inner struggles. By presenting a new technique, dancers and artists could work through everyday issues. Moreover, the audience can put themselves in the places of these dancers and relate, connect, and participate. And finally, both presented social messages and responded to the social messages of the time and tried to create a revolutionary dance.

For improvisation, the artistic merit of dance became less about the beautiful costumes, the scenery, and the aesthetic and required more of an emphasis on speaking through the body and showing the small details that compose the everyday. For the arts, dance became a means of incorporating the act of creating art in the multi-dimensional works.

This exhibition attempts to use improvisation as the building block for design. Improvisation and movement engages audiences through emotion, color and the use of the human form. The human form becomes limitless in works depicting modern and postmodern dance. Moreover, the ideas surrounding  improvisation in dance and the visual arts becomes span the twentieth century eventually building on a unilateral theme throughout cultures and disciplines.

Carol Mach Barreto Pino