Performance Project: Somatic Savage (DAN4027.01)

Tal Shibi, MFA Teaching Fellow

“Savage” can hint at a part of us which is forever untamed, wild, and free. “Somatic,” as it pertains to the field of movement and dance, is often associated with a slower, fine-tuned inner perception in relation to the body. What emerges when these edges collide? Can they harmonize?

This class will research the edges of body and mind tonality while exploring lengthy scores as a way to create performative states. The physical research will include elements from contact improvisation- e.g., dynamic tension using touch, shared weight, floor work and various states of rest and relaxation in motion. Some of the research will take place outdoors.

The psychological/emotional content will be mined together as we collaborate on the various emerging scores and discover how different interests can be included in the project. Participants are expected to bring personal input and insight, create materials, and have an affinity for improvisational performative processes.

This class is designed for motivated dancers and movement researchers interested in a Performative process.

Learning Outcomes:
*Research different states of being in performance
*Engage in scores and utilize learned skills
*Translate personal material into engaging physical work/movement
*Learn about the value of process-oriented performance within an ensemble.
*Experience new approaches to creating material for performance.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor + Letter of Interest expressing your unique/specific interest with performance/ the performative process at the moment. Contact Tal Shibi (
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in Dance.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
TBA (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: One time only

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