Perspectives on Dance as Culture: Dancing Bodies, Cultures, and Environments|
Fall 2014 not offered
ANTH 325, DANC 377|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
This course will look at the intersections and common spaces between body/self; community/culture; and environment/place. To do this we will employ several research methods. First, we will investigate two distinct movement practices--Afro Cuban orisha dancing and body-mind centering. Students will be asked to complete readings, participate in discussions, view relevant media, and participate in movement master classes. Readings will draw on anthropology and ethnography, as well as dance and performance studies, to provide a methodological basis for exploring the dance subjects. Second, we will create solo and group performance works that explore our individual and communal experiences of body/community/environment. Students will be asked to complete readings, participate in discussions, participate in improvisational movement sessions, and work in a collaborative context.
Each student will develop a final project that contains both a written and a performative component.
This course is supported by the Creative Campus Initiative. (www.wesleyan.edu/creativecampus)
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC-MN)(DANC)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HRAD-MN)(SISP-Anth Conc)
To be announced.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
An in class presentation, reading responses, a final research "performance/ethnographic" project, and a final essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The Perspectives in Dance as Culture: Dance as Research/Research as Choreography is designed for students who have had some previous experience with research methods (in any discipline) and have a basic grasp of doing scholarly research. The POI process is intended ensure that you are prepared for the work and the level of critical engagement. You will be expected to have a research project, or topic, or issue that you have already given some thought to.
This course will explore and critically examine various methods of doing your research, and the various politics that surround those methods (validity, ethics, representation, authority, generalizability, justifiability...). Students will engage in a semester-long research project of their choosing. NO prior experience in dance, performance studies, or anthropology required.
IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE please send the instructor an email describing why you are interested and what you hope to research.
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