The Green Table ballet, choreographed by Kurt Jooss, premiered in Paris in 1923, and is now regarded as one of the most important dance works of the twentieth century. It is a compassionate and dramatic dance drama that depicts the indecencies and inhumanities of warfare. It features the powerful leaders who gather around a green table and make decisions that impact many ordinary people. Lessons include mask-making, ideas for creating simple dance motifs and ways to express different emotions through gesture and dance movements. Universal themes in this unit include Enduring Values, Freedom & Oppression, and The Human Family.
Kurt Jooss and The Joffrey Ballet Artsource Unit
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Video footage courtesy of CHAMPS Charter High School, Van Nuys, CA, and Madeleine Dahm. Photographs of dance academy students from CHAMPS Charter High School by Clive Alcock.
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