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Everyday Dance: Creating a Practice

Semester and Year FA 2015
Course Number ARTS-UG1204
Section 001
Instructor Leslie Satin
Days W
Time 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U



In this workshop, focused on dance and choreography, students will discover what it means to have a dance practice: to approach dancing with commitment, attention, devotion, curiosity, energy, and rigor. As movers and scholars, we will investigate questions invigorating contemporary experimental dance, body/mind integration, and Movement Research; we will explore the epistemology of the body. This workshop assumes a double notion of the “everyday”: the opportunity to work not only with technical dance lexicons but also with pedestrian movement—to explore those actions we perform in our “real lives” and reconsider them as material for choreography; and the idea of Daily Dance, in which we commit to dancing every day, locating and developing our individual dance and movement vocabularies, creating choreography from those movements and the experience of moving. Guided by structured improvisation, we will experiment with finding movement that feels authentic to us, and we will consider what that authenticity involves or implies. We will explore what, if anything, is “natural” about dance movement; and we will examine the cultural underpinnings of our movement choices. We will dance alone and with others—as witnesses, collaborators, partners. We will make scores, studies, dances, interarts performances. We will bring language into the mix. We will be supported in our studio practice by critical, theoretical, reflective, and historical writings emerging from multiple disciplines: dance, performance, theater, music; visual art; literature; autobiography; architecture; philosophy/phenomenology/Buddhism; creativity theory; neuroscience; technology. Sources may include John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Anna Halprin, Laurence Halprin, Allan Kaprow, Daniel Levitin, Linda Montano, Georges Perec, Yvonne Rainer, Anne Truitt, Marcia Tucker.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)