Sigurd Leeder: Traces of Dance at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the international dancer, teacher, and choreographer Sigurd Leeder (1902–1981), titled “Traces of Dance”.A fleeting form of art, dance often leaves behind its traces of experience that continue to exert an effect. Sigurd Leeder left a variety of such traces. He belonged to the reform movement of expressive dance. He was self-taught and acquired his knowledge of movements that focus on expressiveness through his own efforts. 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.Sigurd Leeder, born in Hamburg on 14 August 1902, contributed along with Albrecht Knust to the development and dissemination of Laban notation, which pioneered the written language of symbols to record and represent modern dance.The exhibition is on view through July 30, 2017 at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich.For details, visit: on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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