The dance technique of Doris Humphrey and its creative by Ernestine Stodelle

By Ernestine Stodelle

Paperback: 272 pages writer: Princeton booklet Co Pub; 2 Sub variation (December 1990) Language: English ISBN-10: 0871271540 ISBN-13: 978-0871271549 Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches transport Weight: 15.2 oz.

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Repeat several times. Repeat, as above, reversing direction. 7.

Face front, torso lifted, arms hanging naturally downward. Phrase: Inhale breath with body pulled upward (Ct 1); then exhale and drop over L foot with body falling forward, leg turned out at 45degree angle to stabilize weight (Ct 2). Recover with inhalation in successional lift through torso, neck, and head, while arms swell slightly to the side in convex curves (Ct 3). Drop backward onto L foot (similar angle of tum-out), letting the body fall side-back to the left (as in Ex. 4) with exhalation of breath.

When this is lacking, all shifting and propelling motions are executed with difficulty. CHANGE OF WEIGHT AS DANCE EXPERIENCE In the IIumphrey movement, the sensation of bodily weight change is a vivid experience. Contact with the floor is a positive motion, not necessarily heavy in terms of accented sound but realistically firm. Although the body gives in t o the ground (floor) as if pulled magnetically downward, it does this with a deliberate sense of its relationship t o the earth. " T o acknowledge reality was a basic premise of early modern dance.

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