Although a fleeting form of art, dance often leaves behind its traces of experience that continue to exert an effect. The international dancer, teacher, and choreographer Sigurd Leeder (1902–1981) left a variety of such traces. He belonged to the reform movement of expressive dance; self-taught, through his own efforts he acquired his knowledge of movements that focus on expressiveness. Leeder regularly communicated and exchanged ideas with Rudolf von Laban, and together with Kurt Jooss devised a teaching method with unique dance études. The exhibition for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Sigurd Leeder School of Dance, based first in London, later in Herisau, uses photos, films, dance notations, and costumes to show the vibrant life in Leeder’s art and teaching. Current interpretations from several countries confirm its enduring topicality.
The exhibition opens together with "Turn the Puppets Loose"
Thursday, 4 May, 7 pm
Welcoming: Christian Brändle, Director of Museum für Gestaltung
Introduction "Sigurd Leeder": Andres Janser, curator of the exhibition
Performance: Karin Hermes, Marco Volta and Students of ZHdK BA Contemporary Dance perform pieces from Sigurd Leeder
Introduction "Turn the Puppets Loose": Sabine Flaschberger, curator of the exhibition and Applied Arts Collection
In cooperation with the Swiss Dance Collection
The Museum für Gestaltung's exhibition "Sigurd Leeder" is part of the program of "Zürich Tanzt".