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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [Archived Catalogue]

DANC 385 Drawing and Objects: Extending the Choreographic

1.5 credits 30.0 hours
300 level undergraduate course

This course begins with an examination of relationships between drawing and dancing. Drawing, as a foundational practice in the visual arts, challenges habitual modes of seeing and reveals the power of mark-making. Drawing exercises will be introduced to help students materialize observations of their environment, their moving bodies, and the bodies of their peers. These exercises will facilitate an understanding of how drawing functions as both a way to reclaim wonder and a way to heighten skills of critical observation. Elements of drawing such as line, tone, texture, edge quality, solidity/fluidity, atmosphere, space, design, and composition will be discussed and practiced. These drawing assignments will be performed as both traditional visual art exercises and as embodied - danced - studies. Students will begin to craft solo choreographies utilizing skills/ideas gleaned in these exercises. During the second part of the course, students will bring their solo choreographies into relationship with sculptural objects and/or designed garments. Through lectures and individual research projects, students will study artists who use objects and extreme costuming to extend, disrupt, and displace the “meaning” created by dancing bodies. Students will continue to develop their solo work through the creation and utilization of their own sculptural objects/costumes. Time will be given in class for in-depth dialogue/critical feedback about the work being made and a final public showing of the solos will be arranged. This course seeks to expand ideologies and perspectives introduced in Contemporary Art Practices and Languaging Dance Thinking Choreographically. Students do not need to have any prior experience with visual art practice in order to take this course.

Priority enrollment to majors in the School of Dance.
This course is not repeatable for credit.