Spatial Narratives (DAN4228.01)

Dana Reitz

The configuring of two people simply standing in a particular space can mean many different things — to those in it and to those seeing it. By having the two change where they face, switch positions with each other, or move to other locations, we can notice the impact of these changes on how we see the space, how we read the relationship and how we understand the action. Already, without using any predetermined narrative content, there may be a sense of narrative. Many stories can be implied and there are many individual ways to read them. They need not be linear or literal, descriptive or explicit. Meaning can come from the interlacing of multiple pathways and interactions, all of it happening with an understanding of the overall influence of time. Students will work collaboratively and independently on multiple projects, and will have a chance to trade. By continuously rearranging a variety of compositional factors, they will be able to investigate the intersection of space, time and motion, and examine the narrative (and non-narrative) implications. Students are expected to create spatial scenarios and movement material, and they will use drawing and writing to further explore. This course is open to students who have prior experience in the performing or visual arts. All students will be contributing their own unique perspectives, approaches, and artistic voices. Participation in Dance Workshop (Thursday 7-8:30) is highly recommended.


Learning Outcomes:
Learn to notice the influence and interaction of multiple elements (space, time and motion).
Learn to consider multiple ways to interpret what is noticed and what is made.
Find new ways to make work and rearrange openly and swiftly.
Find new ways to collaborate.
Learn to shift points of view continuously and actively change experience.




Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Prior experience in performing or visual arts and permission of instructor (Dana Reitz)
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Tu 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Dance , Drama , Updates , Visual Arts , Fully In-Person
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