Analog Avatars (DAN2685.01)

Erin Ellen Kelly, MFA Teaching Fellow

In this class we will explore the image, qualities, and superpowers of constructed avatars outside of a cyber reality and computer domain, in an analog way, in real time. We will view the stage as the computer, the dancing body as the avatar. We may witness the dance of the slimy sea moss underwater being, and the flying, fire-breathing rapture. We will imagine the world they live in, how they move to survive, how they celebrate, and how they dance with others.

We will then explore various ways of training the body to realize these “hyper real” incarnations in order to dance embodied versions of them. We will concentrate on superpowers that enhance abilities for transformation and connection. Experiential techniques for training will be devised in a way in which athleticism is combined with contemplative/meditative practices. Through placing meaning within unconventional training methods, we will build stories and characters inhabited within the dancing body

Over the duration of the course, we will track development through video, photos, writing, costume and collected objects. In addition, we will develop costume ideas that speak to the avatar creatures we develop and consider how costume can help facilitate this embodiment.

Training examples:

In order to expand the capacity for being the sea creature avatar, a thirty minute walk around the pond twice a week is required.

To have light beam hands requires throwing a tennis ball against the wall with one hand and catching it with the other hand 33 times every other day.

This class is open to anyone, no previous dance training necessary; however, it will require a commitment to process and physical training.


Learning Outcomes:
Develop the practice of creating narratives to shape and choreograph solo dance.
Increase the capacity for self-directed training.
Develop embodied intelligence and awareness.
Engage sensorial approaches to embodied training.
Expand concepts on how to train the body for dancing.

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
Credits: 2
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Dance , Fully In-Person , Two Credit
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