Dance technique and choreography, with a focus on contemporary practices and performance. In technique, students will be challenged to increase their body’s strength, coordination and alignment, and 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 and performance of 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.
United States travel required. Course is required for concentrators.
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
DAN 219/220, or equivalent. Interview with faculty for placement in composition section from April 6-17, 2015. To arrange an interview, email Prof. Marshall (sm9@) or Prof. Fehlandt (Fehlandt@) and send a list of any previous composition experience at Princeton. NOTE: Placement for Technique/Repertory component of class will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 4:30-6:20 at Hagan dance studio at 185 Nassau Street.
Two two-hour classes in technique, one two-hour class in choreography. Mandatory end of semester showing held during last week of class in December, including the last day of class, December 18, 2015. Final preparations for performance in Spring Dance Festival will require additional rehearsals in reading/exam period and the first weeks of the spring semester.