Theories of Dance
Description: Lecture, four hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 45. Ideas of dance, choreography, and movement have achieved broad resonance in contemporary performance, art, politics, culture, and studies of social behavior. Examination of concepts and approaches to dance studies and deployments of its vocabulary within field and beyond, concentrated in four principal approaches: history, ethnography, choreographic analysis, and critical theory. Use of key ideas in dance to investigate allied areas of performance, embodiment, social constructions of identity and difference, and relationship between aesthetics and politics. Design of dance performances to illustrate link between theory and practice. How dance creates alternative modes of history and knowledge in range of cultural contexts. P/NP or letter grading.