Perspectives in Dance as Culture: Choreography and Performance Art|
Spring 2017 not offered
ANTH 325, ENVS 377|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
By unpacking the idea of choreography, this course will be a laboratory for deepening a student's thinking, writing, and practice of performance. Choreography will be our flexible methodology for personalizing an approach to making performance. Through specific exercises, each class will focus on an aspect of performance--movement, image, affect, duration, obstructions, objects, speech, timing, and place. Course work will also include an ongoing writing practice as each student navigates matters such as identity, representation, and social space. How does choreography operate in society at large? What is the line between representing and doing something with one's body? How might performance question or transgress notions of identity? How can writing further performance as an expanded field of thought and action? The semester will culminate in a series of choreographies created by the students. This course is part of the Creative Campus Initiative.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(DANC-MN)(DANC)(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.
|Examination 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.