Dance Intensive: Embodiment, Improvisation, Performance (DAN2354.01)

Levi Gonzalez

This course is for students who have a serious interest in dance or a desire to explore embodied practice and cognition, whether or not you have previous dance experience. Through a broad range of cultural and artistic perspectives, we will consider many possible approaches to dance making, embodiment (through technique, physical and somatic practice, improvisation and more), and performance. This will include viewing and reading work from multiple periods of history and aesthetic points of view. Additionally, we will be attentive to our own learning processes—recognizing patterns, heightening awareness of observation, and discovering new and expansive ways of moving. Embodied movement practices and Improvisational structures will inform and expand our physical toolkit in developing and performing our own work and feeling more comfortable in our bodies. Students’ experiments will be regularly drafted, viewed, discussed and edited, opening up conversations about how we relate to technique, structure, organization, and disorganization. Additionally, we will develop complementary practices of creating through writing, drawing, and storytelling. Collaborative and solo projects will be developed throughout the term and will include a showing in Dance Workshop or in the end-of-term Studio Concert.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
· explore approaches to technique, structure, improvisation and performance from a broad range of cultural and historical perspectives.
· develop self-directed learning strategies, such as recognizing patterns, heightening awareness of observation, and practicing intention and agency in selecting effective movement options.
· develop and perform their own work.
· build somatic awareness and practices of ease within the body.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Attendance at Dance Workshop on Thursday evenings; Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in Dance.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Dance , Fully In-Person
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