“Postmodern Dance and Its Influences on Partner Dance in the 1960s and 1970s”
The 1960s were a time of great change in America that led into the 1970s where even more changes continued to take place. President Kennedy in the early 1960s brought many new programs to the country; one of them was the Peace Corps. His assassination in 1963 caused turmoil across the country. The next president, Johnson, brought this country the War on Poverty and at the same time America’s involvement in Vietnam was continuously increasing. The Vietnam war continued until 1975, and in 1973 President Nixon was impeached from office. During these years America also saw Civil Rights movements and Women’s Liberation Movements. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968 (Years of Change: 1960s and 1970s). Not only where changes occurring in the government but they were happening in every aspect of life for people during these years. Dancers were especially part of this changing environment in America. Anna Halprin, one of modern dance and postmodern dance’s leading ladies discussed her take on this change in an article in the New York Times in April 2010. When asked if dance makes a difference in life she responded with a statement that expressed her belief that dancers must always ask themselves why they do what they do and what purpose it serves. She continues on to say that she thought now was an especially important time to do that. Now, 2010 can be compared easily to the 1960’s and 1970’s. America is fighting in an unfavorable war, we have new government policies in please, health care, and civil rights movements are occurring, gay rights. Halprin responds to being asked why now is important with this statement, “I think because of what’s happening in the world. And also it’s the end of my time, and so I ask that question. What is there that could be done that’s not being done? Is it making a difference? I’ve asked myself various questions throughout my life...
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