Dance Making: Thinking Through the Medium
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Lang College
Course Number: LNGC 1412
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course will utilize dance making as a means of learning about the self and creative process, and as a lens through which the learning process itself can be encountered and examined. Students will be asked to consider the premise that the artist, like every thinker, needs a medium—a vehicle for organizing and thinking about experience—and that each medium has its own special properties which make it easier to think in certain ways through it. This course will introduce methodology and skills for thinking via dance making: the process of organizing movement and other performance materials in time and space. Movement improvisation will be utilized as a form of dance making, and as a means of exploring fully individualized and idiosyncratic performance moments, and an increased ability to make instantaneous decisions in individual and group improvisations. Students will also conduct an introductory survey of the literature accruing on the topic of dance-making, improvisation and creative process. Potential points-of-departure for investigation include: How the audience builds a theory while watching a performance, what constitutes movement-events in each artist’s work, how events are framed within a dance, issues of consonance and dissonance, the relationship with the audience, participation or non-participation in existing traditions. All students with an appetite for movement are welcome.
Open to Undergraduate students.
Open to Freshman students.