Let's Dance Dansez maintenant
The flow and fluidity of dance is being played out at the Louvre in a show entitled Corps en movement, La danse au musée (The Body in Motion, Dance at the Museum) with dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied curating the exhibition alongside Jean-luc Martinez, the president and director of the Musée du Louvre. The exhibition, being held in La Petite Galerie, brings together some 70 works from Antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century with many on-loan from the Musée Rodin, the Musée d’orsay and the Centre Pompidou. The show aims to demonstrate the challenges that the depiction of movement represents for artists and how those challenges were met. Walking, running, stopping one’s momentum as well as expressing feelings, like fear for example, are expressed in the works on display through the representation of the various gestures and attitudes that compose these corporeal actions. Degas and Rodin, for instance, chose to stop movement in time and focused on the world of dance. The show takes the visitor into four sections, how the artist masters the materials and techniques to represent the body in motion, the standards that are used to show the gestures that are represented, how the artist sequences movement and the section devoted to the body when dancing. Works on display include an Egyptian man walking, a dancing fawn and a series of sculptures by Rodin depicting the movements of dance.