No previous experience in dance or movement practice is required. This course is open to and welcomes all students who are interested in liberating their bodies from socially pre-conditioned selves, and investigating the physical embodiment of transformation.
By studying some breath, somatic and movement practices that are linked to butoh, which originated in Japan as a contemporary avant-garde dance form, we aim to break pre-fixed images of our bodies and selves, and search for ways of constantly renewing and redefining sense of self. As early-morning is the most important and critical time of a day that helps determine how to spend and live that day, this course, utilizing meditation to writing to visualization to movement practices, also offers a mindful transition from a state of yin (asleep) to yan (awake).
Establish a healthy mind-body conditioning morning practice
Become aware of and actively engaged in the process of transition from an unconscious state to a conscious one
Find new and creative ways of renewing oneself through multiple body-based practices
Be able to apply principles of butoh to your own practice
Be able to take on philosophical inquires through somatic experience
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
Tu 8:30AM - 10:20AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only
Categories: All courses , One Credit , Dance , 2000 , Fully In-Person
Tags: Mind and Body , Writing , butoh , Zen and Buddhism philosophy , meditation , dance improvisation , Morning Practice , Visualization