Dance archives provide a wide-ranging memory of the dance, dance studies attempt to access this memory – especially at Salzburg University where the academic and creative interaction of dance studies and the Derra de Moroda Dance Archives is unique in the dance world. The particular Salzburg profile of a dance center aims to serve scholars and practitioners likewise, to bridge the traditional gaps of theory and practice, of history and presence, by providing verbal, visual and kinetic dance materials.
The Derra de Moroda Dance Archives, located at Salzburg University in the Fachbereich Kunst-, Musik- und Tanzwissenschaft, provide a large collection of dance materials originated in the last centuries. The founder, Frederica Derra de Moroda, dedicated her life time to assemble this library of numerous written documents and illustrations, illuminating past cultural and theatrical life.Her interests in collecting and archiving encompassed a wide range of aspects concerning dance and dance history. While she was in close contact with other pioneers of her time, – e.g. the representatives of the Ausdruckstanz and Rudolf von Laban with his revolutionary theories on dance – she did not deny the heritage of classical ballet. She was less concerned with ideologies and meaning, instead she documented dance history as a whole, focusing on the variety of movement techniques and embodiment of dance structures. Today, the collection is capable to demonstrate its strength, by displaying its variety of sources concerned with physical motion and the physical experience of movement in a general and forward-looking manner.
The Derra de Moroda Dance Archives contain large amounts of drawings originated in the 18th and 19th century, depicting dance scenes and postures. Even more detailed information may be extracted out of choreographic sketches as well as floor and movement patterns, which date back to the 16th century. Beginning with the second half of the 19th century the upcoming photography complements the drawings and sketches, providing more realistic impressions of the dancers and their performance.
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