Movement Practice: Material for the Spine (DAN2168.01)

Maura Gahan, MFA Teaching Fellow

This introductory class is based on the principles and forms in “Material for the Spine” developed by dance artist Steve Paxton. Students will be investigating basic anatomy and sensory exploration. Specific exercises, puzzles, and forms are repeated each class, providing a way to measure new sensations. These sensations can then offer instructions/movement material for improvised dancing.

“With Material for the Spine, I am interested in alloying a technical approach to the processes of improvisation. It is a system for exploring interior and exterior muscles of the back. It aims to bring consciousness to the dark side of the body, that is, the ‘other’ side, or the inside, those sides not much self-seen, and to submit sensations from them to the mind for consideration.” – Steve Paxton

Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama lab assignment if students sign up for 4 or more credits in dance.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
T/F 10:20AM-12:10PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year

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