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Repertory and Performance: The Jewel Thief: A Ballet of the Mind
DANC 378
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.

In this permission of instructor repertory course, we will weave the past with the present in order to create a Neo-Baroque drama based on Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, To Catch a Thief that is studded with heiresses, thugs, and other underworld characters. Students will have the opportunity to learn 18th century French Baroque dance, the aristocratic entertainment that evolved at the court of Louis XIV. Once this foundation is laid, we will incorporate period dances and more contemporary movement into a lavish spectacle that draws inspiration from Madame Sevigny's reminiscences of the fĂȘtes of Louis XIV's court, the 1920s modernist costume parties of the Bauhaus, and Truman Capote's infamous Black and White Ball of 1966. The course will culminate in a performance in the CFA theater December 6th and 7th, 2024, and is a collaboration with Wesleyan Music Professor Neely Bruce, composer of the score. Attendance is absolutely required. Three short reflections on your progression will be submitted over the span of the course. During performance week from Monday through Wednesday, students are required to be at all technical rehearsals in the CFA theater from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Dress rehearsal is Thursday, December 5th at 7:00, and the performances are on December 6th and 7th. This class is Permission of Instructor (POI). Students should have at least reached the level of Ballet II or Modern II at Wesleyan, however, movement ability of athletes and actors who have not taken those courses may all request permission of the instructor, and will be taken into consideration. Note: This narrative requires not only dancing, but the development of a character--students must be willing to abandon their comfort zone and go out on a limb! Sensational masks will be fashioned by students, and worn in performance. Please contact Professor (pbeaman@wesleyan.edu) if you have questions about the course.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: StudioGrading 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

Last Updated on JUL-21-2024
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