Movement Practice: Spiraling around… (DAN4501.01)

Martín Lanz, MFA Teaching Fellow

In this course we will explore spiraling in and out of the floor. This is a rigorous movement class that focuses on traveling through space, using the spirals embedded in the body and exploring how these will help us to separate from the floor and come back to it. We will create movement sequences and phrases sourced from postmodern dance techniques and Flying Low (movement practice developed by David Zambrano that investigates moving fluidly in and out of the floor).

Starting from simplicity and leading towards complexity, we will gradually explore speed, phrasing, rhythm, spatiality, and expression.

This course is intended for students with previous experience with dance and movement-based practices who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of dynamic movement that relates to gravity and complex movement patterns.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will
-Learn organic ways to move through space along the floor, as well as exploring the relationship between up and down.
-Gain access to the organic spirals of anatomy as tools for movement and expression.
-Create a movement vocabulary that integrates directionality, energy qualities, rhythm and spatiality.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Students should submit a letter articulating their previous experience with movement and their interest in the course to levigonzalez@bennington.edu by May 13 for priority consideration. Priority will be given to students with prior experience in dance and movement-based practices.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in designated dance courses.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Dance , Fully In-Person , Two Credit
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