German Lineage in Modern Dance:
Solos by Wigman Hoyer Holm Nikolais Louis
A DVD by Betsy Fisher, Dancetime Publications
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This DVD celebrates the legacy of modern dance that started in Germany before World War I and expanded into new dimensions in the United States in the late 20th century. The influence of this heritage has spanned decades and spread to diverse areas globally. German Lineage in Modern Dance is a presentation of solos, performed by Betsy Fisher, that share heritage from the German lineage in contemporary dance.
Although I have reservations about the cool performance of these dances, which to me lack the intense and shifting fire of Wigman, the deep tsuris of Holm, the animal attention to time/place dislocations of Nikolais, and the delicately changing gestures of Louis, they do illustrate the freedom of subject matter and motion vocabulary that the German heritage represents. As such, this documentation does have its place in academia.
Ruth Grauert, May 2012
Betsey Fisher was a member of the Murray Louis Dance Company from 1980 to 1988. Her choreography has been presented in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and New Zealand. She is Professor of Dance at University of Hawaii at Manoa.