Perspectives in Dance as Culture: Dance of the African Diaspora|
Spring 2016 not offered
ANTH 325, ENVS 377|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
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.
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)
Readings will include writing by authors Susan Stinson, Laurel Richardson, Patti Lather, Norman Denzin, Trinh Min-Ha, Bell Hooks, Pirkho Markula, Jane Desmond, Sally Ness, Ann Cooper Albright, Michel-Rolph Truillot, Avanthi Meduri, Elizabeth Dempser, Richard Schechner, Dwight Conquorgood, Cynthia Novak, Frederick Erickson, and others.
|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.
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