ARTH 105
Historical Research in Dance and Performance Studies Fall 2019
Division I
Cross-listed DANC 103 / ARTH 105

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This course is an introduction to the historical context of dance forms prevalent in the US and analysis of movement-based performances. While readings and viewings will focus on the socio-historical background of dance genres practiced at Williams and beyond, an important element of the course will be the practice of documenting, interpreting, and writing about performances as historical and cultural mediums. The course will enable students interested in dance, theatrical and visual arts (including advertising and marketing) to hone their skills in the practice of analyzing still and moving images, while also offering students of history and art history the opportunity to develop competency in historical research. This is primarily a discussion-based seminar course, and may include attendance at live performances in the area, film screenings, field trips, and workshops with guest artists. Material will be introduced at introductory level. No previous dance experience is assumed or required. Learning objectives: to understand the social and political contexts for various performance genres; to explore interdisciplinary and embodied modes of engaging with movement; to develop the ability to document, analyze, and write about dance as a historical and cultural text.
The Class: Type: this is primarily a discussion-based seminar course, and may include attendance at live performances in the area, film screenings, field trips, and workshops with guest artists
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 1315
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one research-based essay, 2 short written assignments, 2 group presentations
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-years and sophomores
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
DANC 103 Division I ARTH 105 Division I

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