Historical Development and Cross-Cultural Influence of Dance Creation: Evolution of Body Language





Dance Creation, Historical Development, Cross-Cultural Influence, Corporeal Language


This paper delves into the historical evolution of dance creation and its cross-cultural influences, with a particular focus on the transformation of corporeal language. Commencing from the dance traditions of ancient cultures, the article retraces the dances of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, as well as the religious and courtly dances of the medieval and Renaissance periods. Subsequently, it scrutinizes the emergence of modern dance, encompassing the American modern dance movement and European expressionist dance, along with the evolution of dance techniques and forms. The article delves into the varied manifestations of dance, including pure dance, narrative dance, and experimental dance compositions. It also analyzes the impact of cross-cultural influences and globalization on dance, encompassing dance's role as a medium for cultural dissemination, as well as the internationalization of dance education. Finally, by examining the evolution of corporeal language, it underscores the connection between dance and emotional expression and social corporeal language, including trends in dance creation and interdisciplinary research in the digital age. This article encapsulates the metamorphosis of dance as a form of corporeal language, emphasizing its significance and forthcoming challenges.


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2023-12-14 — Updated on 2023-12-29

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Peng, X. (2023). Historical Development and Cross-Cultural Influence of Dance Creation: Evolution of Body Language. Herança, 7(1), 88–99. https://doi.org/10.52152/heranca.v7i1.764



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