The exhibition Danza Actual (Current Dance) at the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires explores the importance of modern dance in Argentina. It is curated by Francisco Lemus.


In the 1960s, modern dance went through an experimental phase. The crossover with the visual arts, popular culture and the most massive theatrical genres, pop and rock music, new technologies and fashion placed this discipline on the horizon of the avant-garde of the time. The strength and vitality that always characterized modern dance gave rise to trajectories committed to contemporary life. Defiant women, who broke with the social conventions of their time, made dance an experience that transcended styles and promoted innovation around the body, movement and space. This unprecedented research, promoted by the Museo Moderno, explores the expansion of the limits of modern dance in Argentina through interdisciplinary and scenic experimentation, and, at the same time, the emancipation of bodies that took place progressively over the course of the decade.


The exhibition highlights the legacy of the pioneers of modern dance and delves into the most disruptive paths. The activity developed at the Centro de Experimentación Audiovisual (CEA) of the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella and other spaces in Buenos Aires, such as the Teatro de la Alianza Francesa and the Asociación Amigos de la Danza, occupies a prominent place in this exhibition. The works, groups and lines of work that contributed to the construction of a contemporary language that put tradition in dialogue with rupture, such as the creation of the Ballet del Teatro San Martín in 1968, which marked a turning point in the institutionalism of modern dance, are recorded in the exhibition.

The exhibition highlights milestones such as the group Danza Actual, formed by Ana Kamien, Marilú Marini and Graciela Martínez, and the Laboratorio de Danza, directed by Susana Zimmermann, as well as the consecrated figures of Iris Scaccheri and Oscar Araiz, who since the 1960s enabled the arrival of modern dance to large audiences.


The exhibition takes the name Danza actual as a key to think about the importance of modern dance in Argentina. Its innovative itinerary, which gave way to both contemporary dance and performance practices, allows the experiences that took place in the past to be seen with a profound actuality, capable of broadening the horizon of experimentation and creation in the present.

Dance: Ana Itelman, Ana Kamien, Ana María Stekelman, Cecilia Ingenieros, Dore Hoyer, Esther Ferrando, Graciela Martínez, Iris Scaccheri, José C. Campietelli, Laura Mouta, Lía Jelín, María Fux, Marilú Marini, Marucha Bo, Mercedes Robirosa, Miriam Winslow, Oscar Araiz, Otto Werberg, Patricia Stokoe, Renata Kestelboim, Renate Schottelius, Rodolfo Danton, Stella Maris, Susana Tambutti, Susana Zimmermann.

Graphic design: Carlos Soler, Edgardo Giménez, Humberto Rivas, Juan Andralis, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Norberto Coppola, Roberto Alvarado, Rubén Fontana.

Photography: Annemarie Heinrich, Alicia Sanguinetti, Eduardo Newark, Leone Sonnino, Susana Thénon.

Video: Ignacio Masllorens, Julia Parodi, Silvina Szperling.

Music: Martín Román, Miguel Ángel Rondano.

Costumes and props: Alfredo Arias, María Julia Bertotto, Delia Cancela, Oscar Palacio.