This composition class is based on the work of dance artist Lisa Nelson. Students will learn techniques to bring awareness to the body’s senses, space, and one another through a series of ‘warm-ups’, ‘scores’ and group compositions, collectively known as Tuning Scores.
Warm-ups are designed to bring sensorial awareness to the animal body that extends into space and surrounding objects and/or people. Verbal ‘calls’ are introduced as a way of revealing, communicating, and creating composition with other dancers in the room. These calls enable the group to begin to ‘tune-in’ to one another/themselves and the collective environment. ‘Scores’ are offered as controlled practices for composing. Over time and with practice, the class layers the warm-ups, calls, and scores into group dances.
“The Tuning Score is an improvisational composition practice and performance research format that is a performance in itself. It offers tools and a framework for communication and a model of collaboration that is constructed by the players in the act of doing.” – Lisa NelsonPrerequisites: Intermediate Level Dance experience and 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
T/F 3:30PM-5:20PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year
Categories: All courses , Dance
Tags: Dance , technique , improvisation , somatic studies