Modern Dance in NYC is represented by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Limón Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, and others.
Modern Dance is an emotionally expressive form of dance theater that was originated mostly by American women. It was a reaction to the rigid formality of European Classical Ballet.
Like art and music, theatrical dance evolved from tradition to emotion to abstraction. Characteristics of Modern Dance include dancing the horizontal and walking backwards.
It can be hard to tell the difference between Modern and Contemporary Dance. Modern is emotional, whereas Contemporary is abstract. Merce Cunningham was one of the first choreographers to step away from Modern Dance traditions in the 1940s. It happened once upon a time in New York City.
Modern Dance in NYC
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
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Martha Graham Dance Company presents a Gala and two Modern Dance programs at New York City Center in Midtown, April 6, 7, 9 & 10. From $35.
Ailey II celebrates Robert Battle’s 10th Anniversary and presents three programs of Modern Dance at Ailey Studios in Hell’s Kitchen, Mar 23 – Apr 3. From $59.
Paul Taylor Dance Company presents three Modern Dance programs at New York City Center in Midtown, Mar 24-27 & 29-31, 2022. From $35.
Mark Morris Dance Group presents Modern Dance at BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene, Mar 24-27, 2022.