DANC 205 Fall 2014 Modern Masterworks

In this course students will examine select masterworks and philosophies of key artists in the development of modern dance while simultaneously studying modern dance technique. We will focus on pioneers including Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, Katherine Dunham, and Alvin Ailey as well as comparison to contemporary choreographic masters such as Mark Morris and William Forsythe. Students will develop a critical framework for understanding dance by examining works both loved and misunderstood in their respective times. By what criteria does a culture define a masterwork? What does the work reflect about its time, its creator, and the place of dance in society? We will examine topics suggested by the works, such as how the body is constructed/deconstructed in, and by, the work, religion and spiritual practice in relation to dance-making, the social identity of the creator and the performers, the uses of music/sound in relation to movement expression, and how we "read" dances as individuals. Weekly viewings, critical and historic readings and discussion will be required along with studio practice.
Class Format: seminar and studio
Requirements/Evaluation: based upon class participation, weekly written response, and a final research presentation
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1384
DANC 205 - 01 (F) STU Modern Masterworks Division 1: Languages and the Arts Erica Dankmeyer
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM '62 Ctr Thea&Dance Dance Studi 1384
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