DANC 301 Spring 2015 Creative Process in Dance

This course examines the methods used to make dances. It is intended for the experienced mover who is ready to focus on theory, methods and the history of composing dance in various traditions. Students will be asked to identify their own methods and engage in research and regular presentations of their compositions for critical feedback. The class will also study innovative professional choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Ping Chong, George Balanchine, Eiko and Koma, Rennie Harris, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Ronald K. Brown, Lucinda Childs and Merce Cunningham. To more fully understand the context in which these works were created, the class will read essays by dance scholars such as Louis Horst, Liz Lerman, Deborah Jowitt, Sally Banes, and Susan Leigh Foster
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on the quality of participation, assigned projects and presentations
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Prerequisites: a minimum of 1-2 years experience as a dancer or choreographer prior to college or 1-2 years experience in a Williams College dance company or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: students who have experience in the process of making dances or using movement as part of making theater and other kinds of performance
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3345
DANC 301 - 01 (S) SEM Creative Process in Dance Division 1: Languages and the Arts Cancelled 3345
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