It was the modern dance choreographer Martha Graham who said, “We are all born with genius. It’s just that most people lose it in the first five minutes.” This class helps the student get back his or her original choreographic ability. We will study the elements of dance—time, space and energy—and, each week, explore a different aspect of the choreographic process. The students, through improvisations and short movement studies, will discover their movement vocabulary. Each dancemaker will find their own individual choreographic voice while being introduced to some of the major twentieth century choreographers. By nature we are all dancers, with or without years of training. Choreographic process, whether one wishes to be a choreographer or not, is a superb model for thinking, assembling and creating. A digital media component teaches students to incorporate video into their work. The final performance is in a theatrical setting with lights, simple costume and possibly video. Readings will include What is Dance? by Roger Copeland and Marshall Cohen (eds.), The Art of Making Dances by Doris Humphrey, The Intimate Act of Choreography by Blom and Chaplin, and Space Harmony by Rudolph Laban. To view a clip of the final performance from last year, visit YouTube, The Art of Choreography.
Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)