Threads and Tears and Finnegans (end) Wake (begin) Experiments and Music in Dance
NEW! Last Updated: 06/23/2009
Major areas of study include Music history, music theory, music composition, dance performance, dance history
Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
Can artists create structures that might, temporarily and but for a little while, preserve the vitality, energy, and passions of the thoughts and needs and desires that demand to be released Now! -- ?? When is the right time for the name "somatic"? When shall we egin to speak of "thoughtful" and when "thought-full"? When is the best time for "the hear and know"? When is "interpretation" quashed by the triviality of its vocabulary? Can a work of passion and intention resist such trivialization, and if so, how? and now?
In brief--when is the right time for experiment?
In the contemporary performance arts, issues of narrative continuity and structural variety are of tremendous significance --- we'll investigate this (and other) aspects of compositional structure in music, dance, and some literature and poetry.
We shall create experiments small in duration and rich in variety that explore such possibilities. We'll study portions of Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart (and go to a performance!), radical contemporary opera by Chaya Czernowin, contemporary experiments in dance by Twyla Tharp, Bill T. Jones, William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham and John Cage.
Students will build three performance projects in groups --- with all their attendant arguments, difficulties, passions and successes, and document these creations in writings (meaning: papers --- double spaced, typewritten, and turned in (or out) on the second Shrove Thursday before my grandmother's birthday): from whence came the ideas? what do they intend today? towards what future do they aspire? --- synthesizing the dimension(s) of their experience(s) of space and time and motion and ---
Class will meet twice a week as a full group, and three times a week in either a dance or a music workshop. Each student will choose whether they'd like to be in the music or the dance workshop.
Books we might read:
James Joyce: Finnegans Wake (selections)
Ron Silliman: The Alphabet
Louis Zukovsky: A
W.A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro (piano-vocal score)
Pierre Beaumarchais: The Marriage of Figaro, or, A Crazy Day (play)
Credits: 16 per quarter
Special Expenses: $100 for tickets to performances
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in performing arts, liberal arts