Sarah Michelson Studio Research
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LDAN 2800
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This movement practice course introduces students to the studio research practice of NYC-based choreographer Sarah Michelson as she prepares for her upcoming one-person exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Students will participate in the physical research for Michelson’s Whitney project, which investigates how the execution possibilities of a seemingly simple and stark movement can raise important questions regarding work ethics, industry, labor, aesthetics, ego and performance. Issues of abstraction, naturalism and industrialism will also be examined in this ongoing engagement with a single step, and within the body of the performer, as will questions of a dancer’s autonomy, archetypes of dancer and director, and the patterned neurological configurations influencing dancing and performing. The class will rely on good will, seriousness, team effort, and commitment to hard work without apparent result. Prerequisite: any LDAN movement practice course, or by permission of instructor.
Open to Undergraduate students.