Choreography Workshop III

Choreography Workshop III extends students’ approaches to choreographic research by asking them to create complete works on dancers other than themselves.  Students will consider how to transfer their vision to an ensemble and learn to give directives to groups that further their process.  By focusing on developing an initial idea into a complete work, students will question their understanding of development and challenge themselves in new directions. Readings and viewings inform studio practice and invite students to wrestle with issues debated by today’s dance artists.

Sample reading list:
Sally Banes, Writing Dancing in the Age of Postmodernism
Alexandra Carter, Ed., The Routledge Dance Studies Reader
Martha Bremser, Ed., Fifty Contemporary Choreographers

Reading/Writing assignments:
Ongoing choreographic assignments (approx. 2 hours outside class/week); reading and viewing live and videotaped performances (approx. 2 hours outside classes/week); mandatory trip to NYC to view live performance; several short papers analyzing choreography and discussing dance based on readings and class work; and participation in an end of semester showing. Number of pages of expected reading per week 10-20.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
To secure your place in the appropriate class, email Prof. Lazier (rlazier@) between April 10-21, 2017, and list previous composition experience at Princeton. This course MUST be taken in conjunction, and in the same semester, with DAN 319B, DAN 320B, DAN 419B or DAN 420B (Dance Performance Workshop courses, additional two 2-hour classes weekly). Students receive one unit of course credit for taking both classes simultaneously.




Fridays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm


Rebecca Stenn