Sigurd Leeder

Traces of Dance

05.05.2017 - 30.07.2017

From 9 December 2017 to 8 April 2018 at Kunstmuseum Appenzell
From 4 May to 31 December 2018 at Swiss Academy of Performing Arts, Lausanne

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.

Contact: Roman Aebersold, +41 43 446  67 03