Permission required. Please email Professor Julie Malnig (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an explanation of why you would like to take this course. Please note that several class sessions will meet off campus over the course of the semester. Students are also expected to attend some of Eiko Otake’s performances (between February 22 and March 11) which will occur outside of the course’s meeting hours.
A Body in Places is a multi-faceted course that contemplates the notions of human fragility, existential solitude, and metaphorical “nakedness” and their expression through movement. Taught by NYC-based dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, of Eiko & Koma, students will treat performance, including Eiko’s choreography, as a kind of non-verbal text to examine how being or becoming a mover reflects and alters each person’s relationship with the environment, with history, and with other beings. Through movement explorations, films, and artistic and scholarly essays, we will begin by studying Eiko and Koma’s unique aesthetic, their inspiration for their work, and our collective experience of massive violence and human failure. Then, we will focus on Eiko’s concurrent Danspace Project PLATFORM 2016: A Body in Places, a month of performances and events at and around St. Mark’s Church, in the East Village, accompanied by a Danspace Project publication focusing on the practices of Eiko and other artists who are defined by or/and define our relationships to the particulars of place . Weekly reading and journal entries are required.