Dance on Film to TikTok Culture: Framing the Rendered Body (DAN2353.01)

Elena Demyanenko

This hands-on course co-taught by dance faculty Elena Demyanenko and guest video-artist Tori Lawrence will utilize camera/iPhone exercises, selected film screenings (to understand a range of perspectives), and improvisational games to give students an opportunity to expand and refine their own visual sensibilities with the goal of creating collaborative dance and camera interaction and multimedia projects. We will explore and analyze the creative choices available and practical tools needed when we instigate an interactive relationship between camera and movement: filmmaker and performer. Together we will attempt to develop a common language that encompasses new systems of communicating, problem solving, and making.

Coursework will incorporate formal and conceptual elements of design in cinematography within filmdance and videodance works. Students will gain proficiency in technical tools used in framing movement for the camera.  We will cover film mechanics to consider light design, camera movement, shot composition, and shooting methods as they collaborate with the performative body.

Throughout the term, students’ work will be designed collaboratively, screened and critiqued. All students will be both behind and in front of the camera. Students with no camera/iPhone experience will benefit by taking Introduction to Video concurrently.


Learning Outcomes:
Incorporate formal and conceptual elements of design in cinematography within filmdance and videodance works.
Gain proficiency in technical tools used in framing movement for the camera
Cover film mechanics to consider light design, camera movement, shot composition, and shooting methods as they collaborate with the performative body.


Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Corequisites: Intro to Video (optional)
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

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