Guided exploration in dance elements for the creative development of personal movement vocabulary, spontaneous group interaction, as well as overall individual and environmental awareness.
Open to Degree and CDE students
This course invites students who are interested in expanding their artistic voice and creativity through movement and improvisation. The class serves as a laboratory for investigating the body and movement quality by experimentation, performance, inquiry that opens to new possibilities for embodiment. Focusing on the body, students will build strength, courage, malleability, fluidity, awareness, and more. The class will focus on compositional tools for improvisation. Students will develop strategies to improve their comprehension of elements such as space, time, composition, and performance. Students' evaluation ranges from harnessing individual improvisational skills to small ensembles, long-form presentations, and site-specific exploration. The course will prioritize awareness as a life-skill, alongside the capacity for physical communication and cohesion in group collaboration through environmental work and examination of other tools for improvisation, such as sound, language, and music.
Students must be fundamentally interested in movement and improvisation as a practice for the mind/body and remain active in their inquiry throughout the semester. Classes are studio-based. Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours a week on coursework outside of the classroom and additional time towards presentations and final projects. Classes will incorporate readings, writings, and performance viewings as well as movement presentations. All required readings will be provided via Blackboard.
Evaluations for this course is cumulative and based on attendance, active participation, and the successful completion of all formal assignments: readings, writings, and performance viewings, as well as class presentations. Grading Distribution: Class Attendance 10% Active Participation 40% Viewing, Reading, and Writing Assignments 30% Presentations 20%
Cohen Hall 110 (View Campus Map)
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