Dore Hoyer (1911-1967) bestudeerde Spinoza voor haar danscyclus Affectos Humanos (1962)


Dore Hoyer was een Duitse expressionistische danseres en
choreografe (“Ausdruckstänzerin und Choreografin”). Zij zou bekend worden als
een van de belangrijkste solodansers. In de “Ausdruckstanz traditie." Door
Mary Wigman was zij geïnspireerd, maar ze ontwikkelde vooral haar eigen
solo-programma voor en na WOII. Wigman noemde Hoyer "Europe's last great
modern dancer." [Cf. en]

“Affectos Humanos" (1962) geïnspireerd op Spinoza’s

Martin Nachbar schrijft in "A Contemporary Body Made
History. Dance reconstruction as artistic research practice into the history of
dance techniques and choreography.”[PDF]

Dore Hoyer (1911-1967) belonged to the second generation of
Expressionist Dance, which did not go down in dance history as successfully as
the first generation, as their careers were hardened by the Nazi regime, the
war, and later on by a rigorous turn away from Modern Dance in post-war
Germany. Hoyer was much formed by Expressionist Dance . But she searched for
and walked down new paths. Her rigorously formal and abstract movement composition
differed strongly from the rather empathetic and ecstatic works of her teachers
though she still tried to communicate certain emotions or themes. She created
the Affectos humanos in this vein. It consists of five dances, each of which
deals with a human affect. They are associative yet rigorous renderings of
Hoyer’s reading of Spinoza’s Ethics, in which he describes 48 human affects as
energies that affect the mind and the body by making them either grow or shrink
in feeling. Out of these 48, Hoyer chose: Vanity ["Ehre/ Eitelkeit"], Desire
("Begierde”], Hate ["Hass"], Fear ("Angst"), and Love