Expressionist dance

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Mary Wigman, pioneer of Expressionist dance (left)
Emmy Towsey (Taussig) and Evelyn Ippen, Bodenwieser Ballet [1] in Sydney, Australia ca. 1939.

Expressionist dance (German: Ausdruckstanz, also translated as "expressive dance") is a European dance form that is part of the German Expressionist movement.

Although the Expressionist dance has had origins in the modern dance pioneered by Rudolf von Laban, his student Mary Wigman is considered the pioneer of Expressionist dance proper.

Other names for it that have fallen out of use include Moderner Tanz, Absoluter Tanz, Freier Tanz, Tanzkunst and Bewegungskunst. German Expressionist dance is related to Tanztheater.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bodenwieser Ballet
  2. ^ Müller, Hedwig (21 August 2012) [First published in 1986]. "Expressionism? 'Ausdruckstanz' and the New Dance Theatre in Germany". In Climenhaga, Royd. The Pina Bausch Sourcebook: The Making of Tanztheater. Routledge. pp. 19–30. ISBN 978-1-136-44920-8. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bergsohn, H. and Partsch-Bergsohn, I. (2003) The Makers of Modern Dance in Germany: Rudolf Laban, Mary Wigman, Kurt Jooss. Independent Publishers Group. ISBN 0-87127-250-4
  • Robinson, J. (1998) Modern Dance in France, 1920-1970: An Adventure. Routledge. ISBN 90-5702-015-7
  • Vernon-Warren, B. and Warren, C. (Eds) (1999) Gertrud Bodenwieser and Vienna's Contribution to Ausdruckstanz. Routledge. ISBN 90-5755-035-0
  • Kolb, A. (2009). Performing Femininity. Dance and Literature in German Modernism. Oxford: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-03911-351-4