Upon successful completion of the course, students will have:
- developed and improved their kinesthetic perception
- gained greater control of the body and awareness of its tensions and blockages
- expanded range of physical and artistic expression, and gained the ability to clearly articulate actions through movement on stage.
- become aware of habits in movement and action
the body and enriching the range and quality of movement and expression.
Course Content (Syllabus)
In Movement - Dance I, students work individually as well as in groups and pairs to explore, improve and broaden their relation to space (the shape of the body and movement, topography and orientation) and time (rhythm, tempo and duration) through specific exercises, games and improvisations. They further investigate their relationship with gravity, energy, tension, release and balance. Students learn to communicate and respond to everything that is happening in the moment, which results in animated and true reactions. They begin to recognize their own patterns of habitual movement and action and their inherent restrictions.
Movement - Dance I also covers a brief practical introduction to the movement - breath- sound relationship. At the end of the semester students perform their own short choreographies - actions.
All Movement - Dance classes (I-VI) incorporate exercises to improve the level of physical skill (strength, flexibility, stamina), games to build trust, spontaneity, rhythm, expression, and perception to spark the imagination.
Video projection: Extracts of performances by: DV8, Pina Bausch, Odin theater, Gardzienice, Tanteus Kantor, Sasha Wals, Vim Vandekeybus, Jasmine Vardimon, Akran Khan, Butoh κ.α
Additional bibliography for study
1. Morgentroth Joyce «Dance improvisation»
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987
2. Anne Bogart - «Tina Landou The Viewpoints Book », Theater Communications Group New York, 2005.
3. Alison Hodge «Twentieth Century Actor Training», Routledge ,1999
4. Nicole Potter, «Movement for Actors » , Allworth Press, 2002
5. Jean Newlove «Laban for actors and dancers» Routledge, 1998