Accidents, Glitches and Errors/From Content to Form (DAN2360.01)

Elena Demyanenko

This is a practice for participants of any discipline to activate the desired body, in their chosen form or medium.

Trusting the intrinsic intelligence of the body, as well as discovering the glitches that contribute to the making process, we will source multiple systems (muscular, skeletal, fluid, organ) and other ways of reading the body (energy, emotion, history, trauma). Attunement at the level of reflex, habit, and fundamental technique let us support, reject, help, and preempt decision-making. Throughout the creative process, we will allow what seems to be an error to become useful material.

We investigate escalation and tension using modes that effectively bypass culturally dominant binaries of self and other and offer various approaches to relationships that define and re-define our understanding of power. Ultimately, what lies at the core of our de-centered power play is a non-binary meaning-making.

We will derive form and content from places known through direct experience, drawing on sensation, thought, memory, and imagination. Students’ compositional drafts will be regularly created/viewed and discussed, sparking conversations on structure, organization, and disorganization.

We will develop the results of this research with a view to presenting and performing in studio showings, produced performances, and/or dance workshops. 


Learning Outcomes:
-Practice various organizational structures for readying the body for performance, involving movement, somatic, vocal techniques, and self-care

-learn about somatic practitioners and choreographers to examine evolution of somatic work and it’s expression in performance

-learn to generate the material and concepts from what is already there and develop compositional structures that consider care of self, collaborators and audience (accessibility for audience equals care).

-develop tools for resiliency and self-care that apply to life and theater practice




Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in designated dance courses.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
Tu 4:10PM - 6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Dance , Fully In-Person , Two Credit
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