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Making Dance: Space, Place and Technology

Semester and Year FA 2017
Course Number ARTS-UG1211
Section 001
Instructor Leslie Satin
Days W
Time 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Units 4
Level U



In this workshop, students will explore the possibilities of dancing across spatial categories, making dances in "real" and digital space. Taking our cues from contemporary experimental and primarily post-modern choreographers, we will examine how our arts practices and beliefs about bodies and space are linked to evolving ideas and cultural systems; we will ask questions that tug at the assumptions of what dance is, what bodies are, what space is, and how these elements are significant as components of choreography and of our dance experiences. We will make and watch dances ranging from low-tech works to high-tech virtual partnerships; most excitingly, we will collaborate on performance with a group of dancers in a locale outside of NYU. In addition to making dances, we will read about contemporary dance, technology, and other practices and disciplines (i.e., architecture, philosophy, neuroscience), view performances of choreographers and visual artists, and meet with practitioners engaged in the questions and practices of our study. Readings might include work by Gaston Bachelard, Fiona Bannon, Victoria Hunter, Matthew Frederick, Merce Cunningham, Steve Paxton, Andrew Gurian, Ivar Hagendoorn, Yi-Fu Tuan, and other artists and scholars. The course is open to all students: anyone interested in dance and/or technology is welcome. Note: all workshop members will be expected to participate as movers!


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)