Permission required. Please email Prof. 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 should not schedule any classes immediately before or after this class to allow ample time to travel to off-site locations.
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 inspirati on for their work, and our collective experience of massive violence and human failure. Then, we will focus on Eiko’s concurrent residency at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine that includes her mutable exhibition A Body in Fukushima and her solo performance project A Body in Places. Using the Cathedral, Gallatin studio, and other places as laboratories, the course will explore how humans are defined by or/and define our relationships to the particulars of place. Weekly reading and journal entries are required.