History and Appreciation of Dance
08/23/2010 - 12/12/2010
TTh 17:20 - 18:40
6:45 - 7:15
Round Rock Campus
and by appointment
EXAMS AND ASSIGNMENTS
- There will be three written tests during this course.
- There will be one research presentation at the end of this course.
- Students are responsible for completing two performance observations. One performance observation may be the ACC Choreographers’ Showcase in December.
- Students may be given additional smaller assignments throughout the semester.
REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS
The course text is Ballet and Modern Dance by Susan Au. This book is available in the ACC bookstore. Other readings will be placed on Blackboard, and students are responsible for either downloading these articles or printing them out so as to be able to refer to them in class. See the attached course schedule for reading assignments. Students are responsible for all course readings even if we do not discuss the readings in class. Video will be used frequently in DNC 2303 and some of these will not be available for outside viewing. Students should therefore make every effort to attend each class period, as it will be difficult to arrange make-ups for video viewing.
• Consistent attendance
• Completion of all reading assignments on time and a readiness to discuss the key points of these readings in class
• Completion of three exams, two performance observations, one in-class presentation, and other assignments as given by the Instructor.
• Active participation in class discussions
WRITING A PERFORMANCE OBSERVATION
This paper should be a minimum of 450 words (2 type-written pages, double-spaced).
A Performance Observation should be a clear, concise analysis of a live dance performance you attend during this semester. Your two performance observations must be about two different styles of dance. The first paper is due on or before Tuesday, October 12thand the second is due on or before Tuesday, December 7th.
Approach this assignment as an opportunity to apply some of the concepts you are learning in class. Specifically note the following points:
Name of the performance ensemble or company, Location, Date and Title of dance(s)
note: dance titles should be underlined or italicized.
Purpose and function of the dance
Profile of the dancers (professional, amateur, student, community members)
Choreographer’s Intent and how this was communicated through the following devices:
Accompaniment (silence, self made, music- recorded or live, type of instrumentation, etc.)
Use of space (direction, level, focus, grouping)
Use of rhythm (tempo, meter, accent)
Use of energy (force, movement quality)
Characteristic or stylistic uses of the body
In your paper use the points above to present a description of what you observed. If there are several dances in the program, you may choose to write primarily about one or two dances. Please focus on the relationship of what you observe in the performance to your experience of studying and learning about dance in this particular class.
This is not a paper about your personal opinions of the dance (I liked it, I didn’t like it/note: first person should NOT be used). Instead, approach the performance keeping in mind that you will be writing a critical analysis of what you have seen. It may help to take notes during the performance. Be clear and concise in your observations and remember that the primary focus of your paper should be on the dancing.
DANC 2303 History and Appreciation of Dance
Unless noted as a handout, all readings (apart from the text) are on reserve in the Rio Grande Campus Library.
Tues. 24 Introduction, A Definition of Dance aesthetics
Thurs. 26 Dance as an Expression of Culture
Read: Judith Lynne Hanna, excerpt from To Dance is Human(handout)
JoAnn Kealiinohomoku, An Anthropologist Looks at Ballet as a Form of Ethnic Dance (handout)
Tues. 31 Beginnings of Ballet/Renaissance, Baroque dance
Read: Chpt. 1 in text
Thurs. 2 Rise of Professionalism, Ballet d’Action
Read: Chpt. 2 & 3 in text
Tues. 7 Romantic Ballet
Read: Chpt. 4 in text
Deborah Jowitt, In Pursuit of the Sylph: Ballet in the Romantic Period
Thurs. 9 Continuation
Tues. 14 The Russian Imperial Ballet
Read: Chpt. 5 (61-72) in text
Thurs. 16 Continuation
Tues. 21 Review and Wrap-up
Thurs. 23 Test 1
Tues. 28 Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
Read: Chpt. 5 (72 -85) and Chpt. 7 (103-112)
Lynn Garafola, Diaghilev’s Cultivated Audience
Thurs. 30 Continuation
Tues. 5 The Rise of American Ballet
Read: Chpt. 9 in text
Thurs. 7 Continuation
Tues. 12 Forerunners of Modern Dance
Read: Chpt. 6 in text
Helen Thomas, Beginnings: Dance and the Process of Cultural Reproduction
1st Performance Observation Due
Thurs. 14 Dance Video Night at the Rio Grande Campus 6:00pm
Tues. 19 Continuation: Forerunners of Modern Dance
Thurs. 21 Pioneers of Modern Dance
Read: Chpt. 8 in text
Martha Graham, I Am A Dancer
Tues. 26 Continuation: Pioneers of Modern Dance
Read: Constance Valis Hill, Katherine Dunham’s Southland: Protest in the Face of Repression
Review and Wrap-up
Thurs. 28 Test 2
Tues. 2 Second Generation Modern Dancers
Read: Chpt. 10 in text (p. 155 - 164)
Coda: The Revelations of Alvin Ailey
Thurs. 4 Continuation
Read: Joyce Morgenroth, Chpt. 1Merce Cunningham
Tues. 9 Post-Modern Dance
Read: Chpt. 10 in text (p. 164 - 173)
Sally Banes, Choreographic Methods of the Judson Dance Theater
Yvonne Rainer, No Manifesto (handout)
Thurs. 11 Continuation: Trisha Brown, Twyla Tharp, Jiri Kylian
Read: Joyce Morgenroth, Chpt. 4Trisha Brown
Tues. 16 Contemporary Dance Trends: German Tanz Theatre
Read: Chpt. 11 & 12 in text
Read: Norbert Servos: Pina Bausch: Dance and Emancipation
Thurs. 18 Continuation: Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, William Forsythe
Read: Joyce Morgenroth, Chpt. 11Mark Morris
Tues. 23 Wrap up, contemporary dance
Thurs. 25 HOLIDAY
Tues. 30 Class Presentations
Thurs. 2 Class Presentations
Tues. 7 Review / Give out take home exam (Test 3, Part A)
2nd Performance Observation Due
Thurs. 9 Test 3
*ACC Choreographers’ Showcase December 3rd & 4th at 8:00pm
See Course Schedule in Readings above.
Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives
1. To gain a critical understanding of dance as a form of human cultural expression.
2. To be able to identify and discuss the major periods and figures of Western Theatrical Dance.
3. To understand certain historical factors that affected the development of Ballet, Modern and Contemporary Dance.
4. To be able to place a specific dance form in the appropriate social, political, or historical context, thereby applying critical thinking skills to the understanding of that particular form.
5. To present to the class a verbal presentation on a Contemporary Dance form.
6. To practice writing about dance in a clear, concise and sophisticated manner, identifying key concepts of space, time and energy utilized in the observed dance performance.
7. To gain a greater understanding for and appreciation of dance as an art form.
1. Students will study and learn about the key players and critically analyze the major developments in Ballet and Modern Dance History, demonstrating this knowledge in three written exams and one oral presentation.
2. Students will attend, observe and critically write about two live professional dance performances through the completion of two performance observation writings.
3. Students will demonstrate their ability to critically analyze and understand the development and key individuals of an additional dance style (Western or Non-Western) through the oral presentation project at the end of the semester.