Intermediate dance technique and choreography, with a focus on contemporary practices. In technique, students will be challenged to increase their body’s strength, coordination and alignment, and to develop awareness and range of motion in multiple spatial planes. The repertory component of this course calls on students’ collaborative abilities as they work with faculty in the development a new dance. In choreography, students will work in movement-based laboratories to develop their fluency with a wide range of contemporary choreographic approaches. Readings and viewings contextualize the work culturally and historically.
Sample reading list:
Ann Dils, Ann Cooper Albright, Moving History/Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader
Julia Foulkes, Modern Bodies
Nancy Reynolds, No Fixed Points
See instructor for complete list
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.