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Mobilizing Dance: Cinema, the Body, and Culture in South Asia

DANC 307
Spring 2018 not offered
Crosslisting: FGSS 307, ANTH 306
Certificates: South Asia Studies

This course focuses on questions of "mobility"--cultural, social, and political--as embodied in two major cultural forms of South Asia, namely "classical" dance and cinema. Using Tamil cinema and Bharatanatyam dance as case studies, the course focuses on issues of colonialism and history, class, sexuality and morality, and globalization. The course places the notion of "flows of culture" at its center and examines historical, social, and aesthetic shifts in these art forms over the past 150 years.

The course is both studio- and lecture-based. It includes learning rudimentary Bharatanatyam technique, watching and analyzing film dance sequences, and participating in guest master classes in ancillary forms such as Bollywood dance and Kathak (North Indian classical dance). The studio portion of this course is for beginners, and no previous dance experience is necessary.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)(SAST-MN)(SISP-Anth Conc)

Last Updated on SEP-28-2023
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