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Repertory and Performance: Thank You For Coming
DANC 378
Fall 2014
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.

As a choreographer I often draw upon physicality that we all use and recognize in social interactions, and I heighten and complicate these movements in a rigorous way. Gestures taken from everyday life, the violent action of a mob, the play of persona on someone's face and body: all of these things form a vocabulary of movement that grounds my work not in the studio or the theater but in the social world we all inhabit. Starting from this common ground, I begin pulling apart the daily performance of self. Building tightly choreographed scores and scenes in close collaboration with my performers, I am interested in their fully-embodied individuality, expressed and communicated in every moment, and my work becomes a densely layered and empathetic mirror of our reality, opening up possibilities for new perspectives, transformations, and ways of being.

In this course I will work with the participants to engage in intensive research on the surrounding themes of my ongoing interdisciplinary performance project, Thank You For Coming. Thank You For Coming is a series of performance and installation works I will be creating over the next several years, which heighten how we experience ourselves in relation to other bodies, other stories, and the spaces we all inhabit. Through this work I am asking: How do we perceive ourselves as participants in the co-creation of our reality, and through performance can we collectively, in some small way, create a new vision of society?

The focus of this class will be intensive research for Thank You For Coming:Play. Play will focus on the ritual of storytelling, forcing it to the forefront of a physically driven dance-play that investigates how we rely on stories to relate to one another and form identities as individuals and as citizens. We will research how narrative functions across multiple perspectives: personal, autobiographical, familial, psychological, neurobiological, mythical, religious and political. In this class we will delve into narrative's complex impact on our human-animal bodies and develop choreographic methods and processes based on this research. This research will feed directly into the work I do with my dance company and eventually Thank You For Coming: Play will be performed by my company nationally and internationally.

This class will be taught in collaboration with various professors. This course is part of the Creative Campus Initiative (http://www.wesleyan.edu/creativecampus).
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: PerformanceGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC-MN)(DANC)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(THEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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