Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Modern Dance - Styles and Ways of Imparting Rhythm and Free Dance Movement

The styles and ways of imparting rhythm and free dance movement, known collectively as “Modern Dance”, originated at the beginning of the 20th Century in the German-speaking world. Dance protagonists such as Rosalia Chladek, Rudolf von Laban, Mary Wigman, Gret Palucca, Maja Lex or Kurt Jooss were, inspired by the Life Reform Movement and the discussions being conducted amongst the artistic avant-garde, searching for modern, free and expressive forms of expression of the body.

Facts & figures

Crucial date: all seasons
Inscription: 2014
Domains: performing arts
Where to find: nationwide (also abroad)


Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung e.V.
Dr. Claudia Fleischle-Braun (Coordination)

ARC Deutschland der Internationalen Gesellschaft Rosalia Chladek e.V.
Eva Lajko

Elementarer Tanz e.V.
Krystyna Obermaier

With the development of innovative choreographic approaches and methods of teaching they exercise to this day an influence upon modern stage dancing and dancing pedagogy. Using extremely refined methods of body awareness and experimental-explorative and process-oriented methods of teaching the various dancing styles and teaching traditions are nowadays part of basic dance training.

They frequently also find inclusion in the development of choreographies for contemporary dance theatre.

Free dance has not simply revolutionised the art of dancing on stage but has also, in its own special way, dedicated itself to the artistic activities and training of lay people, e.g. by way of dancing choirs.

The active popular range of dance instruction offers in modern expressive dancing is directed at target groups of all ages, in schools of artistic dancing, dance studios or non-educational facilities.


Wissen. Können. Weitergeben..
Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission, 2019


EUROLAB - Europäischer Verband für Laban/Bartenieff-Bewegungsstudien e.V.
Silvia Dietrich

Folkwang Universität der Künste
Institut für Zeitgenössischen Tanz (FB 3)