Listening to psyche: an interdisciplinary method of generating choreography (DAN2259.01)

Parijat Desai

This course is for people who are developing a choreographic voice.

In this course, Parijat Desai will offer processes she is using to develop choreographic material for her project How Do I Become WE as well as for her ongoing artistic practice. 

How Do I Become WE is a participatory performance ritual based on a Tamil folk narrative in which a woman keeps a story inside her, until she finally tells a wall. The storytelling/performance will be framed by an opening ritual and options for participation, including circle dance which witnesses will be invited to join.

Parijat will lead Improvisational scores drawn from the HDIBW process such as “rooting and branching” and “sensing the village.”

Parijat will also lead students in elements of the Tamalpa LifeArt Process® developed by Anna and Daria Halprin. She will provide prompts for movement, improvisation, drawing, and poetic writing as a means to access feelings, ideas, symbols and story held by the unconscious mind / body. Parijat will build on the Tamalpa process to facilitate development of gestural material and movement scores.

Learning Outcomes:
—explore processes being used in a choreographic project in development
—practice movement improvisation, drawing and poetic writing as vehicles for tuning into mental, emotional, and physical information
—practice drawing and poetic writing to serve the choreographic process
—use visual and written material as part of developing movement scores
—develop skills in an interdisciplinary method of generating choreographic material

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Dance or Drama lab assignment if students sign up for 4 or more credits in dance.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
W 2:10PM - 4:00PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: One time only

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