Movement Practice: A Spell for Utopia (DAN2140.01)

luciana achugar, MFA Teaching Fellow

Can Utopia be a practice instead of a destination? Is a new world possible if we learn to create our own language as an incantation for our new future bodies?

During this course we will delve into the relationship of language and somatic states and how our embodied presence is directly related to how we perceive the  world. How we perceive the world is dependent on the stories we tell ourselves and the language we use to tell those stories. We will practice automatic writing as a way to access our subconscious programmed thoughts to discern what is learned, what is ours and what wants to be heard, to be felt and to be “languaged”. We use achugar’s “pleasure practice” as a tool to let go of what is holding us back from being able to write our own spells to practice our embodied utopia! Let the body talk!

This course will alternate between being in-person one week and remote the next.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
* Develop a greater capacity to sit with their own feelings and embodied states and talk about them.
* Access knowledge from a more experiential place rather than a purely conceptual or intellectual knowing.
* Learn to use somatic practice as a way to access a deeper creative instinct.
* Begin to learn to develop a more articulate way of speaking about their own felt experience.
* Learn to notice how language affects the quality of their embodiment and the perspective from which they create and move and carry themselves in the world.



Delivery Method: Hybrid
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in Dance.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: Dance , Hybrid , Drama , All courses
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