When Technology and the Human Body become Partners, Who Leads? (DAN4294.02)

Cathy Weis

This hands-on intensive course is taught by visiting artist Cathy Weis, who will be showing videos she shot in the studios and on the streets of New York City from 1983 to today. Examining these archival videos will serve as a launching pad for students to begin their own collaborative projects. Through these collaborative projects, students will have an opportunity to expand and refine their own visual sensibilities regarding how to frame a moving object through the camera. We will explore and analyze the creative choices available and practical tools needed to establish an interactive relationship between the filmmaker and performer. Together we will work to explore new systems of communicating, problem solving, and making across these two disciplines. 

This course is designed for students who have a focus on dance and/or video, with an interest and curiosity in how the two might intersect. We will cover camera movement, shot composition, and shooting methods for capturing the moving body. Students will work in collaborative teams to create and show an independent project. 

Please note the following course dates and times: Saturday, March 16 2:00-6:00pm; Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24 2:00-6:00pm.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
• learn communication tools to collaborate with videographers/choreographers.
• apply knowledge of shooting methods for capturing the moving body.
• learn to prepare dance artists to execute movement for video work.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Priority given to students with experience/interest in dance and/or video. Email a statement of interest to levigonzalez@bennington.edu by November 20 for priority consideration.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 1
Sa 2:00PM-6:00PM, Sun 2:00PM-6:00PM (2nd module block)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

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