Modern ballet with cycled (looped) moves of the dancers

by Roman

Hi! hope you will help me) About 10 years ago i saw some modern ballet on the tv here in Russia. It wasnt russian ballet for sure. The whole point of the dance was based on cycled (looped) moves of the dancers. Like... one of them repeats exactly the same move for like...10 times, then another one. And it was a really great show BUT i cant find it in the internet... maybe you know what im talking about? Im not the ballet expert and im far from it...but maybe you know))) all the best.

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Jun 28, 2017 may be Trisha Brown Company
by: Maria

Dear Roman,

You are describing something that sounds like one of the ‘accumulations’ by Trisha Brown. There are other choreographers from the trend of the American postmodern dance (around the 1970s) that also made pieces with repetitive movement patterns. Carolyn Carlson is one of them. In Europe, I remember to have seen the accumulative strategy in Pina Bausch, Sasha Waltz and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, among maybe some others.
To read a definition about the term ‘accumulation’ for the field of contemporary dance, you can visit our dictionary here:

Dance Terms

Accumulating or repeating movements has become a common compositional method among contemporary dance choreographers, so it is difficult to know which piece you’re talking about. Try searching with the names of figures I gave you above, but if you don’t find it, tell me more about the piece. Maybe I can make a guess with more information.


Jun 29, 2017
Thank you
by: Roman

Thank you so much for your reply! It's really helpful) at least now I know the direction) I'll let you know as soon as I find it. As far as I remember, there was a Japanese or fantasy theme , I mean costumes... whatever) I will be looking for it tonight) one more time, thank you! All the best

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