Makers & Making/Performance in the 21st Century (DAN4129.01)

Levi Gonzalez

“Isn’t every artist essentially starting from nothing, no matter what they might have presented to theater directors or financiers? Isn’t the meaning of a work always discovered, to some extent, by its creator during the process of making it?” (Roslyn Sulcas).

These are just some of the questions we will consider when examining the making, style, process, logistics, methods, and value systems movement and performance artists employ in their work. We will view examples from a broad spectrum of current artistic work by prominent experimental artists in the field which we will process through discussion, writing, and analysis. Occasionally we will also engage in conversation directly with guest artists about their work.

Throughout the course, we will examine the language and concepts artists employ about their own work and its relation to how they are perceived and presented. We will also consider the various approaches these artists take towards their distinctive creative processes, methodologies and strategies for artistic sustainability. Students will engage in individual and collaborative research throughout the term to develop their analyses, and will create a final presentation at the end of the term.


Learning Outcomes:
• Students will be exposed to a variety of current artistic work and approaches to dance and performance.
• Students will gain practice and confidence in discussing and analyzing artistic work in written and verbal formats.
• Students will explore the language employed by artists and others in the field and explore the various concepts, approaches and values this language holds in relationship to the artistic work.
• Students will consider how the creative and practical choices and strategies artists employ inform the outcome of the work itself.



Delivery Method: Hybrid
Prerequisites: Please email levigonzalez@bennington.edu by May 11, 2022 explaining your interest in the course. Priority will be given to students who have Plans related to course material.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
F 4:10PM - 6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: Hybrid , All courses , Dance
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