The dancing body in contemporary dance is contemporary in its shape, quality and movement. In this course, we will look at the characteristics of this contemporariness, and how it crystallized out of the processes of examining, deconstructing and reformulating the language of dance, from the second half of the 20th century to today. This course will be based on analysis practices and concepts learned in the introduction course, and will continue the chronological arc presented in it. We will discuss physical models that formed during the second half of the 20th century: the ballet body (abstract and neoclassical ballet), the ordinary/quotidian body (postmodern dance), the anti-aesthetic body (Pina Bausch’s dance-theatre) and simply the body, without any adjectives (contemporary and conceptual dance). In this course, we will also focus on a number of central themes rooted in contemporary theories, concepts, and processes discussed in dance, cultural, and gender studies. These include physical multilingualism and choreographic flexibility; Movement dramaturgy; Queerization and theatricalization of dance language; Body politics and "otherness"; Shifts in choreographic paradigms and more.