Humanities Arts Cultural Stu 0145 - Moving, Making, Meaning: An Introduction to Dance Studies and Practice

Moving, Making, Meaning

Lailye Weidman

10:30AM-11:50AM TU;10:30AM-11:50AM TH

Hampshire College
Music and Dance Building MAIN;Music and Dance Building MAIN
This beginning-level course invites students to develop movement, making, and performance practices as vehicles for thinking about and supporting new beginnings. The course will function as dance class, rehearsal, and research seminar where we will examine assumptions about whose bodies are afforded the opportunity to be expressive, and learn to trust what our bodies already know. We will also work to expand our capacities for embodied play, experimentation, meaning-making, physical and intellectual rigor, and employ a range of creative modalities (including use of the written word, video and digital media) to contextualize and process embodied experience. Our work will be bolstered by the study of theoretical underpinnings of contemporary dance, art-making and performance practices. We will share our work in a collaborative all-day performance event at the midterm, with a possible informal showing at the end of the semester. No previous dance experience is necessary. KEYWORDS:Dance, theatre, performance, movement, art

Time and Narrative Students are expected to spend a minimum of 6-8 hours of work outside of class time per week

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.