Perspectives on Dance as Culture: Dancing Bodies, Cultures, and Environments|
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, Ethnography, as well as Dance and Performance Studies, to provide a methodological basis for exploring the dance subjects. Secondly, 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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Course readings will include selected articles from:
Ann Cooper Albright, David Abraham, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Gillian Goslinga, Penny Hanstein, bell hooks, Romulo Lachatanere, Bruno Latour, Andrea Olsen, Guillermo Gomez Pena, and Deborah Bird Rose, among others. Readings will be made available via the course's Moodle page.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will be asked to write 3 short (1 to 2 pages) summary essays outlining the primary arguments/ideas presented in specified course readings. Students will be further asked to comment on one salient idea and its relationship to the student's own interests.
Students will be asked to work in small groups to develop and perform a final, interdisciplinary performance work that engages the concepts of: body/self; community/culture; environment/place. Performance dates will be determined during the first week of classes.
Students will write a research essay, 10-15 pages in length, engaging a topic related to the inquiry of the course.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a Permission of Instructor course. Previous experience with creative process work is helpful. Please contact the instructor for additional information.
|Instructor(s): Stanton,Nicole Lynn Times: .M.W... 10:30AM-12:30PM; Location: CDS; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 16
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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