Spatial Narratives (DAN4228.01)

Dana Reitz

The configuring of two people simply standing in a particular space can mean many different things — to those in it and to those seeing it. By having them change where they face, switch positions with each other, or move to other locations, we can notice the impact of these changes on how we see the space, how we read the relationship and how we understand the action. Already, without using any predetermined narrative content, there may be a sense of narrative. Many stories can be implied and there are many ways to recognize them. They need not be linear or literal, descriptive or explicit. Meaning can come from the interlacing of multiple pathways and interactions, all of it happening with an understanding of the overall influence of time. Students will work collaboratively and independently on multiple projects. By continuously rearranging a variety of compositional factors, they will be able to investigate the intersection of space, time and motion, and examine the narrative (and non-narrative) implications. Students are expected to create spatial scenarios and movement material, and they will use drawing and writing to further explore. This course is open to students who have prior experience in the arts. Participation in Dance Workshop (Thursday 7-8:30) is highly recommended.

Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment.

Registration: See Dana Reitz in Barn 234 Wednesday, Nov 29, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Prerequisites: Prior experience in art and permission of instructor
Credits: 4
T 10:00am - 11:50am; F 10:00am - 11:50am
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as 4000, Dana Reitz, Tuesday and/or Friday Mornings, All courses, Dance, Four Credit, and tagged , , , .