Practicing Courage in Dance Making (DAN4152.01)

Levi Gonzalez

This course focuses on the making and performing of solo dances/movement-based performances. We will consider dance making not as a craft that can be taught but as a collective practice of excavation of the self and personal interest. We will explore and expose our own creative inclinations, watch and learn from one another, and consider various strategies of positioning our work in relation to an audience. The first half of the course will consist of a series of structured exercises, showings and conversations around issues of ownership, aesthetic preference, preconceived concepts of form, commitment, risk and vulnerability. In the second half of the course, we will examine various approaches towards how dance and performance might engage a public. This course is designed for students working in the field of body-based performance. Technical dance experience is not necessary.

This course asks for fully committed participation and investment in class sessions, as well as some reading, video viewing and preparation of performance work outside of class.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
• develop a consistent practice of making performance work.
• gain insight into their own creative interests and methodologies.
• experience multiple strategies for giving and receiving feedback.
• explore various approaches and consider the significance of how their artistic work engages the public.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in Dance.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M 3:40PM -5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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