Learn & Understand

Learn & Understand

Keys for understanding dance and its history


Dance from elsewhere

Upon the exhibition "Rebel bodies" presented at the Musée des Confluences of Lyon from September 13, 2016 to March 5, 2017, Numeridanse propose to discover four major themes of this retrospective. The themas "Vulnerable Dance," "Dancing virtuoso," "Highbrow and popular Dance" and "Dance from elswhere" present choreographers and performers that have marked the dance of the 20th century.

Hand dances

Why does hand dancing make us laugh or smile and why is it generally ever-so rhythmic and melodious? Maybe because, all of a sudden, our hands become just like our feet, everything seems to be turned upside-down and becomes poetic, sensitive, fragile. In the collective psyche, music is played by hands and feet dance. Yet, hands are also highly capable of calling the tune, leading the dance and using tables as a floor.

Dance at the crossroad of the arts

For the American choreographer Merce Cunningham, “dance is an independent art.” But, he adds, other elements may come in and enrich it. By interacting with architecture, music, circus or theatre, with which it shares the common ground of space, rhythm, virtuosity, narration…, dance explores new possibilities and is ceaselessly reinventing itself. The eight sequences of this Theme illustrate this point. A panorama which emphasizes the openings in which dance, as a living art, continually participates.

Dance and music

How are dance and music articulated, how are they organized based on periods, styles and artists? How do they harmonize with each other to make sense and to offer a performance? The eight sequences of this Thema are an invitation to watch the music and to listen to the dance, to discover the musicality of an interpretation or of choreographic writing.