2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Me and the Mirror: Dance and Scenic Design


Fall 2011, Winter 2012 and Spring 2012 quarters

Gail Tremblay visual arts, creative writing, poetry , Kabby Mitchell dance
Fields of Study
dance, music, theater and visual arts
Preparatory for studies or careers in
dance history, music history, dance production, ballet, choreography, music composition, and costume and set design.

This program is designed to give students a foundation in the performing arts with a focus on the relationship between dance, music, and costume and scenic design for dance productions. Performance is a time-based art where the artist uses his or her own body as an instrument to create work. Performers not only use the mirror as a tool to reflect on the visual effects they wish to create, they also use the self to hold a mirror up to nature and culture in order to create experiences for audiences of viewers that allow them to reflect on the human condition. The designer supports this work by creating environments that reinforce the visions of the performers.

Fall quarter, students will study the historical origins of dance, and its connection to music and design. The program will integrate issues of race, culture and gender as part of this study. Students will be able to explore the relationships between music, dance and design in a variety of cultural contexts. They will also begin concentrated study of the historical origins of Neo-Classical ballet, with particular attention to the productions of Daighilev in Paris. Winter quarter, students will learn about important 20th and 21st Century choreographers including George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Jerome Robbins, Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp. Students will work in groups to study dance and choreography, music and music composition, or scenic design to prepare them to create a spring quarter production called, "Theme and Variations." Spring quarter, students will not only work collaboratively on their own dance pieces, music compositions or scenic design projects, they will also have the opportunity to work with and learn from a guest choreographer.

Each quarter, students will study performances and sets documented on film and video and will take field trips to see performances that will support their work. Credits will depend on the nature of each student's work and may include dance history, music history, the history of design for dance productions, dance with a concentration on ballet, choreography, music composition, costume and scenic design.

Online Learning
No Required Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$75 for performance tickets, a field trip, and performance production costs in fall; $50 per quarter for performance tickets and performance production costs in winter and spring.
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