Perspectives in Dance as Culture: Dance of the African Diaspora|
In this combined technique and ethnography course we will explore some of the many dance practices of the African Diaspora. We will focus on Senegal and Ghana in West Africa and follow the path of the Middle Passage to Cuba, Brazil and the United States. Investigating both traditional and popular dance forms, we will consider how African dance and culture has influenced many performance practices throughout the Americas. To these ends, course work will include: learning specific dances (Sabar, Capoeira, Orisha dancing, salsa, tap and hip hop for example); engaging in readings that provide critical, cultural, and historical context; participating in analytical and self reflective dialogue; as well as creating an independent research paper.
Designing, Creating, and Realizing, Interpretation
This is a course on research methods in dance. It requires students to develop the ability to understand, evaluate and contextualize meaning in movement events from a variety of theoretical, cross-cultural, and aesthetic paradigms.
Designing, Creating and Realizing: This course requires students to complete a research project and present it at the end of the semester. The process and presentation of research is treated as a creative and politicized endeavor. Students are required to take epistemic, social-political, theoretical, ethical and aesthetic considerations into account as they design a research project, justify its validity and rigor, implement and then finally present it to an audience through a combination of writing and performance.
Students study cultural practices from different communities, cultures, sub-cultures and ethnicities through in-depth focus on movement and dance practices. Student learn and practice using various frameworks and approaches to understanding and contextualizing meaning in movement across and between various cultural contexts.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(DANC-MN)(DANC)(SISP-Anth Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
To be announced.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A written commentary on a live performance,a midterm examination, short, ungraded written assignments, a final research paper and a "performance/ethnographic" project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will engage in a semester-long investigation of either a movement phenomenon or cultural practice of their choosing. NO prior experience in dance, performance studies, or anthropology required. Students should contact the instructor for permission into this course.
|Instructor(s): Stanton,Nicole Lynn Times: ..T.R.. 04:30PM-06:00PM; Location: TST001; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 16
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