The Choreography of Poetics : The Poetics of Choreography (DAN2018.01)

Levi Gonzalez & Camille Guthrie

This course is intended for dancers, poets, writers, and anyone else interested in interdisciplinary work. Through the exploration of the works of various poets and choreographers/dance-makers, we aim to show the connections and subversions between these two fields, be they thematic, formal, historical, theoretical (and so on). We will examine work across a broad and diverse range of artists, artistic movements, periods, and approaches within dance and literature–with an interest in the experimental, innovative, and paradigm shifting.

This lab-style course will feature collaborative in-class creative practice work and analysis, such as discussing poems and doing close readings; in-class writing exercises; collaborative writing; incorporating and layering written and spoken text with movement; and the creation of improvised and set movement scores and mini-performance events, using poetry and language as a map or guide.

Students will be expected to do weekly readings and video viewings. There will be several writing and dance-making assignments due, and the focus will be on procedural and creative responses, rather than perfected or finished work. There will also be a final collaborative project required, which could take many forms dependent upon student interests and experience.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
• Be exposed to historical and contemporary poets and movement-based artists from a diverse range of aesthetic and cultural contexts and will gain tools in analyzing these works.
• Understand how movement and language communicate meaning differently and explore how layering the two can enrich/enliven/complexify written and performance work.
• Engage with peers and expand one’s skills in collaborative work.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
W 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 25
Course Frequency: One time only

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