Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and Western Europe.
Did you know that “modern dance” and “contemporary dance” are not synonymous? Contemporary dance is a more recent phenomenon that was established in response to modern dance and ballet.
Japanese theater has a long and very rich history.There are four main types of traditional theater in Japan, noh, kyogen, kabuki, and bunraku. These forms of theater are very different and distinct from the another.
Noh theater, also called nogaku, is a form of musical drama. The birth of the Japanese Noh theater is in the fourteenth century. The characters in these plays are concealed by masks, and both male and female roles are played by men .The basic themes are based on a few historical stories. Noh theater’s most often-performed play is Lady Aoi, based upon eleventh century’s famous Tale of Gengi novel. It is common for the performances to last an entire day. During each showing, five plays are usually performed.
“Art has a noble task: to educate man. That’s why the writer’s part in our society is a most responsible one. The writers are the architects of human souls and the critics are the architects of the writer’s souls.” ― Sławomir Mrożek
On August 15, 2013, in Nice, France, another star of the theatre stopped shining on the “sky of curtains”. Slawomir Mrożek died in the age of 83. He is considered by most of the world critics as the biggest name in the polish dramatist and writer. His pieces at their time were truly an avant-garde of the mainstream dramas. His works are still close to our everyday reality but by now he is considered a classic of his own kind in some parts of the theatre communities.
The strange task of the choir, the hybrid “being’ that was an integral part in all ancient tragedy, and satiric dramas and comedy, is hard to grasp if we are not reminded that, the choir is “the one” that gave birth to drama. Because their sense of tradition, ancient people from Athens and it’s surrounding, have never gave it away, not even when tragedy became drama, and had no more logic need for that kind of form.
n ancient times in Athens tragedy was born around ritual grounds where a sacrifice was placed to satisfy the gods. Because on the place of the performance a hypocrites, an actor performed, the members of the choirs were pulled a little to the back, to two thirds of a circle, leaving a third for a tent from where the actor entered and where he came back to change clothes. That tent was called skene: that Is stage!
Among the great wonders of the world is the history of ancient Athens and Rome. In these two parts of the world more than two thousand years ago, flourished cultures that are going in grate percentage to shape the future of western art, culture and the whole human society.