Contemporary dance appeared as a reaction from classical forms and probably as a necessity to more freely express the body. It’s a dance class that searches to express an idea, feeling, emotion or concept through it’s own movements in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Its origin goes back the end of the 19th century. In the beginning, there was a search for an alternative to the strict technique of classical ballet and they began to dance barefoot and perform less rigid jumps than those traditionally done on stage. With time, appeared variations where classical ballet technique was not even present and even introduction of movements from other styles of dance, like Flamenco movements, tribal movements, acrobatics, physical contact…
In this style of dance, the movements are synchronized with the head, trying to communicate a message. It extends the range of movement and uses the space with the greatest possibilities.
Contemporary dance is able to speak about a concept, to propose an environment and present movements with the purpose of achieving a determined aesthetic; it does not have to always to tell a story. On the other hand, classical dance constructs itself through already existing steps that are always codified while contemporary dance is searching for innovation and creation of new forms of movement in agreement with the necessities of the choreographer or interpreter. Classical dance searches for precision, structure and perfection, connection with the ethereal, with the celestial: rather it is linked to the Apollo (sun god). Contemporary Dance searches for the connection with the earthly, with the human and itspassions, no structure, transgression; it’s linked to the concept of Dionysus (wine god).
Today multiple schools, tendencies and styles exist inside Contemporary dance.