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Deeper Ecology: Moving to Connect with Earth and Environment
DANC 240
Spring 2019 not offered

This somatically-based course will focus on how movement and body can exist in relation to Earth and environment. How can our own physical movement practices become tools in (1) connecting with the natural world, (2) gaining understanding and information, and (3) advocating, educating, and making change. We will explore this through three approaches: dance and movement improvisation, movement ritual, and biodynamic farming. Each section of the course will allow us to engage with the natural environment in a different physical way and to reflect on distinctions between observing, interacting, and shaping it. We will dance indoors and outdoors, enhance our perceptual awareness through exercises in seeing and listening, create movement rituals, and volunteer at Long Lane Farm to get an introduction to sustainable agriculture as a physical practice.

We will also engage in readings and discussion of works in deep ecology, eco-feminism, philosophy, and somatic practice. Students will gain an understanding of a range of views about the connections between humans and nature and question the idea of "nature" as a separate entity to conquer or protect.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC-MN)

Last Updated on JUL-21-2024
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