Truth & Beauty: Aesthetics as Politics (DAN4169.01)

luciana achugar, MFA Teaching Fellow

This course is for students with prior experience making dance or performance art. In this class we will begin by looking at dances or performances that the students bring into the group from their own interests or idols and discuss the ways in which aesthetics, site, style, identity, narratives, politics, etc., are directly related to ideology. We will then  explore making our own work from that lens in a spirit of curiosity and collaboration. The students will start developing their own material, not to create a finished product but rather to further learn about their own particular aesthetic choices and uncover what is behind them. The goal is for students to arrive at a deeper understanding of themselves and their work and to access the potential of their own creative methods through an exploration of their particular ideology and aesthetic rigor. 

This course will be taught mostly in-person with a few class sessions taking place remotely via zoom.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
* Be exposed to new and different work and be able to share about their own idols and influences.
* Develop more articulate language to speak about dance and performance and their own interests and aesthetic choices.
* Develop a greater connection with their own artistic voice.
* Learn about aesthetic rigor and its relationship to creative methods and the politics behind those choices.
* Learn to responsibly connect aesthetic choices to ideological and political choices.



Delivery Method: Hybrid
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; priority given to students with prior experience in dance and performance making.
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 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: Hybrid , Fully In-Person , All courses , Dance
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