Dance as Art
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"Dance as Art" is a modern dance-based program linking the major principles of dance and visual art. Students will explore the design potentials of dance and visual art through a series of hands-on lessons relating movement, proprioception, language, and perception.
Key questions include the following: What makes a verbal statement a work of art? What is the difference between representational and abstract art? What makes movement a work of art? How can the language of dance help understand verbal language and the language of painting, and vice-versa?
Students will begin exploring the kinetic and visual design potentials of the body through a basic study of anatomy and kinesiology. Similarities and differences between dance and visual art will be explored through drawing exercises and dance. For example, students will make a series of drawings and color studies, and progressively link visual art theory to the process of making and performing dance compositions to selected music. Weekly homework composition assignments develop from simple to complex forms, including solo and group collaborations.
Periodic seminars will include discussion, film-screenings, and analyses of relevant texts. Students will analyze the theories, techniques, and compositional methods of various art forms, placing them in their sociocultural contexts.
In addition to regular morning dance classes, afternoon activities include drawing objects and energy patterns, and working with basic color theories. Students will create original dance compositions related to weekly design premises outside of class, and perform them in biweekly performance forums that include peer and faculty critique. Staging will include proscenium, in-the-round, and semi-round audience perspectives.
Class Size: 25
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Scheduled for: Day
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Monday, January 6, 2020 - 9:00 am
Located in: Olympia