The practice of dance improvisation exists in multiple historical and cultural contexts. In this class, we will focus on improvisational practices that stem from the lineage of Judson Dance Theater and postmodern American (US) dance, with an understanding that this is one specific approach among many. The primary focus of the course will be participating in movement practices and studies that offer students a variety of approaches to engage with movement impulses, negotiate self-judgment, utilize perception and proprioception as decision-making resources, and address elements of collaboration and composition within improvisational structures. Readings and movement assignments will allow us to consider, place and apply these approaches to different cultural contexts, histories and artistic practices.
Students are expected to participate fully in class sessions, as well as undertake a few reading, writing and creative practice assignments outside of class.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in Dance.
Course Level: 2000-level
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , Dance , Fully In-Person
Tags: improvisation , dance , dance technique , somatic practice