DANC 205 Spring 2013 Modern Masterworks

Some works of art are "instantly" declared masterworks. Others gain this recognition over time, after initial indifference or even hostility. This course will examine select modern dance masterworks, including works by both the pioneers of modern dance and those by contemporary choreographic masters. 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 accompanied by studio practice in which we explore movement techniques developed by master creators.
Class Format: seminar and studio
Requirements/Evaluation: based upon class participation, weekly written response, and a final research presentation
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Prerequisites: DANCE100 or permission of the instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3916
DANC205-01(S) SEM Modern Masterworks Division 1: Languages and the Arts Erica Dankmeyer
TF 1:10 PM-3:50 PM '62 Ctr Thea&Dance Dance Studi 3916
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