Analysis Of ' Hexentanz ' By Mary Wigman

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“Hexentanz” is a spellbinding performance created by Mary Wigman. The mood of the piece is an overall dark one, which helps the audience understand that she is obviously imitating a ritual, hence why the name of the dance translates to the “Witch Dance.” Mary was able to cultivate a dance piece that reflected the destroyed state of Germany after WWI through her new revolutionary form of “Modern Dance.” One of the first phrases in the beginning of the dance you see Mary is on the sitting on center the floor at 00:15-00:25 with her feet out in front of her body parallel to each other and knees touching. She is wearing a mask and a plain costume. Her face is tilted looking up to the sky and her hands are in front of her face with her fingers extended and hands facing each other. You then see her form a triangle shape with her fingers and she places the triangle over her face. She then slowly spreads out her arms keeping the triangle formation. Because the title is called "Witch Dance" you see one of the shapes she chose to make was a triangle because pointed figures are often associated with witches, such as star or pyramids. The message of the piece is supposed to make the audience feel shocked and captivated at the same time. Because the dance was performed after WWI, she created this dance to sense the state of emotion the country was left in. The shock-factor helps stimulate the audience’s imagination into understanding how people were feeling during the time. She chose a

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