2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Making Dances: Creative Process in Motion

Fall quarter

Faculty: Robert Esposito dance, kinesiology

Fields of Study: aesthetics, art history, consciousness studies, dance, linguistics, physiology, somatic studies and theater

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10266 (16) Fr; 10268 (16) So - Sr  

Credits: 16(F)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


This focused one-quarter program centers on progressive study in Laban-based modern dance composition/choreography. Activities include technique, theory/improvisation/seminar, and composition classes. Technique is based in basic anatomy and principles of dance kinesiology, not style, period or ethnicity. Students learn how to make dances from their own sensory, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral experience by developing skills in modern dance technique, theory/improvisation, composition, performance, and critical analysis.

This multidimensional approach to creative dance develops a kinesthetic vocabulary drawing on linguistics, poetics, architecture, visual arts, art history, anatomy, and choreography. The course includes units on diet, injury prevention, and somatic therapy. Strength, range, poise, and depth are developed though Pilates-based floor barre and Hanna/Feldenkrais-based Somatics. Seminar will focus on building verbal and non-verbal skills aimed at critical analysis of the history of art, choreography, and their socio-cultural contexts. Writing will focus on the development of a journal using action language, visual art, and poetics. The program culminates with a Week Ten concert of student and faculty and/or guest choreography.

Maximum Enrollment: 23

Required Fees: $20 for tickets to the Washington Center for Performing Arts.

May be offered again in: 2011-12

Preparatory for studies or careers in: criticism, dance, expressive arts, movement therapy, and somatic studies.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 30th, 2010 New program added.