ARTH 204
Historical Research in Dance and Performance Studies Fall 2023
Division I
Cross-listed DANC 103

Class Details

This course is an introduction to the analysis of historical and socio-political context of movement-based performances. While readings and viewings will focus on dance genres practiced at Williams and beyond, an important element of the course will be the practice of documenting, interpreting, and writing about performances. The course will enable students interested in dance, theater, and visual arts (including commercial arts) 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. Learning objectives: to understand the social and political contexts for various artistic and performative genres; to develop the ability to document, analyze, and write about dance as a historical and cultural text; to explore interdisciplinary modes of engaging with movement-based performances.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1572
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short weekly responses and in-class writing assignments, participation in discussions and presentations, two 5-7 page essays, one final essay
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 204 Division I

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