What is Performing, Anyway? (DAN4028.01)

Dana Reitz

What actually goes on when performing?  Your interior environment changes from moment to moment; things change in the exterior environment as well. We process information from the audience as we perform. We constantly adapt.

Creating a score for performance requires attention to detail – movement and space, timing, shifts of focus, intention, repetition, surprise, juxtaposition, and duration, among other elements.  We will uncover and unpack the what and the how. In this course, each student will create a series of short works and explore multiple ways they can be performed.  Students from different disciplines are welcome.


Learning Outcomes:
Explore one’s personal nature when creating one’s own movement and performing it.
Begin to interweave elements of performance when creating a score.
Discover more about one’s personal sense of time and place.
Practice performing scores in multiple ways.
Hone observational and feedback skills.
Develop a grounded, responsive presence in performance.


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor – please e-mail dreitz@bennington.edu regarding your interest.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama lab assignment if students sign up for 4 or more credits in dance. Participation in Dance Workshop (Th 7:00-8:30 PM) is highly recommended.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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