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Perspectives in Dance as Culture

DANC 377
Spring 2021
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Queer Studies

This course explores why and how dance acts as a vital participant in cultural practices around the world, and examines how dance is inherently a reflection of the culture it represents. A wide overview of dance and its myriad purposes will be covered, from a means of worship in India, Turkey, and Haiti; its inclusion in the rituals of Bali; noh and kabuki theatrical traditions of Japan; fertility and death ceremonies of the Wodaabe, Yoruba, and Dogon tribes of Africa; the healing zar dances of North Africa; and the rituals/activism of Native American tribes. The presentation of court dance as a symbol of power will be examined in Hawai'i, Java, Cambodia, and France. The inevitable impact of politics on dance focuses on the bloody genocide of Cambodia's Royal Dancers; the propagandist works of China's Cultural Revolution; the French Revolution's influence upon Romantic ballets such as La Sylphide and Giselle; and how the repression of a Gitano culture led to the emergence of flamenco in Spain. The semester will culminate in a research paper or project on dance as a reflection of culture.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(DANC-MN)(DANC)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on APR-21-2021
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