WesMaps - Wesleyan University Catalog 2009-2010       Summer Session       Winter Session       Home       Archive       Search
CS92PROD
Bharata Natyam III
DANC 382
Spring 2010
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.

This course offers advanced theoretical, historical, and performative perspectives on Bharata Natyam. It covers topics such as postcolonial perspectives on hereditary performers, globalization and the commoditization of Bharata Natyam practice, and critical approaches to Indian dance history. In terms of studio work, the course involves the performance of 19th-century compositions, largely from the imperial city of Tanjavur, South India, as well as a new improvised modern work. Students are required to have taken either Bharata Natyam I (DANC261) or Bharata Natyam II (DANC362). This is to ensure that students have a foundation in both the practical and theoretical study of Bharata Natyam prior to enrolling in this course. Evaluation for the course will be based on class participation (combining discussions of readings/videos, in addition to studio work), performing advanced repertoire in a concert, a journal (consisting of short commentaries on the readings), or a short research paper. Occasionally the class could include a guest lecture given by either a visiting scholar, dancer, or choreographer respected in the field of South Asian dance internationally.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students are expected to perform Bharatnatyam as a separate 40-minute dance concert. The repertoire includes classical work as well as contemporary work. It will focus on developing students┐ improvisational/choreographic abilities. Students will be expected to abstract and re-interpret the classical grammar from a modern perspective. New ideas of what defines `contemporary dance┐ are discussed in the class thru an advanced reading list of the latest scholarship on contemporary Bharatanatyam as well as by analyzing current video material of Bharatanatyam dance from India as well as in the Diaspora. The course will trace how of traditional trends intersecting with modernity and what the repercussions this collusion will effect on the history, aesthetics, world culture and politics of the form.
Credit: .5 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on AUG-15-2022
Contact wesmaps@wesleyan.edu to submit comments or suggestions. Please include a url, course title, faculty name or other page reference in your email ? Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459