Movement and Language: Colliding Bodies and Words (DAN4408.01)

Levi Gonzalez

This course examines ways in which language, through written and vocalized forms, can be employed as potentially expansive tools within movement-based performance.

We will look at language through a choreographic and corporeal lens, combining research on artists who engage with language and body-generated speaking and sounding, as well as our own improvisational and creative practices. With the assistance of guest artists, we will examine how written language, the voice, and the body create meaning in distinct ways, and thus offer tools to utilize these resources with increased sensitivity, nuance and depth. This course presents an opportunity for those uncomfortable with engaging voice and language to explore this rich area of artistic research, and also for those who may already employ language in their practice but are seeking ways to deepen their sense of embodiment.

Participants should have some experience in engaging with improvisation and performance, though no specific dance training is required. Students are expected to participate fully in class sessions and discussions. Outside of class time, students will also engage with readings, view videos, and conduct their own movement and language-based research to develop independent creative projects that will be shared with the class.

Attendance at Dance Workshop (Th 6:30-8:20) is highly recommended.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Prerequisites:Previous experience in dance and/or performance and by permission of instructor. For registration, please contact Dana Reitz.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama lab assignment if students sign up for 4 or more credits in dance.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM-5:20PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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