Kurt Jooss is best known for his masterpiece, The Green Table, which tells the story of Death. His work with emotional and expressionistic movement carried over into many of his ballets. The Encyclopedia Britannica states this about Jooss’ work, “…have contemporary themes or implications. Jooss retained basic ballet steps and positions in his choreography and made extensive use of expressive gesture but eliminated such displays of virtuosity as the use of points and multiple pirouettes.”
Jooss has greatly impacted the concert dance world. His use of movement to embody Death as well as other themes and ideas in a non-cliché way changed the way dancers approach choreography. Jooss broke ground when he presented work that affected people on a personal level. He was able to create pieces that remain timeless to this day by focusing on themes that are universal and ever present.