Editions Patrick Frey, 2014 First edition Softcover, 280 pages, 210 x 297 mm Condition: New
Suzanne Perrottet (1889–1983) was a dance instructor, choreographer and musician. In 1913 she was introduced to the idea of the expressive power of natural movements and gestures. Enticed by the possibilities for expression that the body offered, she went on –alongside Rudolf von Laban, Mary Wigman and others– to investigate movement as an art form. It was the birth of modern dance.
In 1920 Perrottet founded a school in Zürich. There she not only taught but also devoted herself to intense, ongoing research. To compensate for the lack of literature available in this new field, she started cutting pictures of gestures and physical expressions out of magazines. Perrottet was an obsessive recorder of the physical possibilities of the human body, from its most subtle gestures to its most grotesque exertions.
In the course of 60 years, she amassed an archive of over 10,000 pictures, which she classified by categories. Suzanne Perrottet continued working until she was 89 years old. After she died, her boxes of clippings were forgotten. Rediscovered in this book, Bewegungen offers a glimpse of her unique collection—a visual archive of movement.
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