Do the dance movements have to have a meaning behind them?
by Tess Kwan
I am Grade 12 student from Canadian International School of Hong Kong. I have been researching about contemporary dance and I'm struggling a little with it's conventions. As a contemporary dance choreographer, do the dance movements have to have a meaning behind them? I have taken a look at the 'Contemporary Dance' history page in your site and Merce Cunningham believed that there was no emotional references, theme, narrative, etc. and the movements do not reflect on anything. Thus, I was wondering does this apply to all contemporary dances?
Your reply will really help clear up my confusion. I really appreciate your help, thank you.