Question #1- I wonder if we could find out how during the early 1900’s the battlefields of the world wars contributed to the way people created dance or how people looked at dance?
- The Battle of Moscow
- The Battle of Berlin
Answer: There were so many different battlefields during the world wars. The battlefields inspired many people during this time period because that was where people were risking their lives for their country and the freedom of the citizens. Most creators of dance, or choreographers use inspiration from the real world to create a story, or a piece that would inspire others or make people really think about what kinds of things really happen. The battlefields most likely inspired a choreographer to create a piece like this and make people see how much strength and courage it took for people to fight for their country.
Question #2- What places during the WWI and WWII eras were seen as hubs of dance, how did WWI and WWII change those places, and what perspectives did different people have about them?
- This is just an educated prediction because there was not any research to be found on this topic.
Answer: Most people might have saw the theatre or a performing arts center as a hub of dance, These places were just very common to think of a dance performance when they are passed by or mentioned. The world wars changed these places by making it difficult for people to be able to put on performance and for people to enjoy these performances because the wars scared people and made people unsure of who to trust because some of the people could have been spies. Everyone has a different perspective on things, but for the most part theatres were liked and would get positive feedback because they were used for entertainment and joy.
Question #3- How could each of these terms in some way have a relationship, connection to, or have affected dance during this era?
- “Dance-oriented and relentlessly upbeat, swing was not a palliative for hopelessness; it was tonic for recovery”
- “Yet songs that expressed a loss of faith in the American Dream were not completely absent. While Bing Crosby could sing “Just remember that the sunshine always follows the rain”
Answer: The economy was in all kinds of crisis. The unemployment rate was high and after the stock market crash a lot of people were in debt and poor. Dance was one of the many forms of art that gave people some kind of motivation to continue and not give up. The thought of not trying anymore was in a lot of people's minds, but the dance industry helped motivate them that soon things would get better if they just persevere through the rough times.
Question #4- What were the causes of the Great Depression and in what ways did citizens, banks, and the government help cause it because of their irresponsibility. What predictions could we make about the ways that the Great Depression might affect the dance culture in the U.S.?
- During the Depression decade, Washington State, often seen as marginal to national art history, hosted some of the most innovative theatre, musical, and performing arts work in the nation, with sometimes global resonance.
- Martha Graham was a dancer during the depression that really helped the arts and taught others to dance
Answer: Some of the main causes of the great depression were the active debate among economists, and the larger debate about economic crisis. Also, the crash of the stock market contributed to the start of the depression. The citizens in america contributed to the start of the great depression with their irresponsibility by not compromising their opinion and what they were to do about the economic crisis. We can predict that the start of the great depression affected the dance culture by making people get really emotional and making people want to find a way that they can freely express themselves. Dance could help some people through these hard times by just allowing them to feel free.
Question #5- As women get the right to vote in the 1920’s, how might their roles change in society and how does that have a drastic affect on the growth of dance and it’s culture?
- Dance was a way for women to express their feelings and shape their opinions and dominice.
- The Depression and World War II pushed more women into the work force than ever before and inspired increased organizational activity
- more women participation in organizations
- Dance allowed women to be free and not to worry so much about everything else going on around them.
- Women impacted the dance culture by
Answer: Women’s role in society changed by their thoughts and opinions becoming relevant to others. Women were gaining more rights during this time period and dance allowed them to show their dominance and shape their opinion. Women were finally having a voice and being heard so during this time their opinion was not just being expressed, but it was being taken into consideration. This allowed the dance culture to grow by more people seeing the effect of dance and using dance to better express themselves.