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Hampshire College • Mettler Archive • Movement Improvisation

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Uploaded on Sep 21, 2011

"Movement Improvisation", 1957. Shot on 16mm film.

"Movement Improvisation" is narrated by Barbara Mettler and explores the different ways one can improvise with movement, whether that be with singular parts of the body (i.e., arms, legs, heads, hands, and feet), with the whole body, or as a part of a duet or trio or larger group. Mettler also talks about design techniques in improvised dance. This video contains four sections, three of which have detailed narrated descriptions of techniques from Mettler.

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Barbara Mettler, dancer, dance educator, author, and film and video producer, developed her own style of modern dance, which emphasized improvisation. Her core principles were beauty, freedom, and democracy. Dance was conceived as a fundamental human activity, of which all people are capable, as opposed to an elite, choreographed, performance art.

The Barbara Mettler Archive came to Hampshire College in 2003. For more information: mettlerdance.hampshire.edu

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