Performance Project: Activating the Ambiguous Zone (DAN4292.01)

Maura Gahan

There’s a ‘place’ where the front of the body meets the back of the body– the inner meets the outer–fabric becomes clothing  and clothing becomes a movement score for the body–an object transforms from a tool in motion to a puppet in motion–flesh becomes cardboard and cardboard becomes flesh–light turns into dark and dark to light. 

We will call these places–these in-between moments– the “ambiguous zone.” Students will work together and independently to seek out where this zone exists–exploring the interconnectedness of motion, objects, fabrics, cardboard and light.  The process is a bit like chasing a rainbow. All of this will culminate in a final performance.  

All bodies, backgrounds, and areas of expertise are welcome! The research requires people who have a strong connection with their moving bodies, have practice engaging with objects and have skills collaborating with a group. Curiosity, self-motivation, and dedicated effort are a must. 




Learning Outcomes:
--research the” ambiguous zone” through experimentation with costumes, objects, and movement
--engage in performance of the researched material

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Advanced level of composition (any field) & permission of instructor; audition to be set in the fall of 2021.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in Dance
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Dance , Fully In-Person
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