Art, bodywork, and movement are my life's passion. I tremendously enjoy sharing this fascination with others , and I hope to encourage students to trust themselves and believe in their own amazing voices. Teaching is inspiring to me and I hope to in turn inspire my students to broaden their horizons and to maintain the curiosity and passion that led them on this enriching path.
Spots still available!
UC Davis students only.
DRA14 (4 unit course)
SS2, August 3rd through September 9th, 2021
We will be dancing and choreographing, talking about choreography, and considering cultural and personal factors for choreographing and dancing. Focus does not lie on dance technique or anatomy in this course but really on creativity and personal expression. You will have lots of time to work with one another, and although the course is through zoom and we will often work in break-out rooms, some of you can probably meet in person in the dance studio or outdoors on campus.
The course gives much creative freedom and is meant to inspire creative risk-taking and working on something that is meaningful to you, and/or helps you further your personal and academic goals.
We will be working with Jonathan Burrow's 'A Choreographer's Handbook' which is a really enjoyable read (I will provide the pdf, you do not have to buy it). Other readings tba. We will look at videos of performances and interviews with choreographers.
You are invited to bring your own ideas, research, and goals and so we will be shaping the course together.
Working with the zoom medium we will consider technology/cameras/zoom and filmmaking as a voice in the creative process.
A goal is for you to explore ways to access your unique movement vocabulary, but we will also play with other people's approaches and methodologies in order to learn something about and with body language and
expression through dance. In the first class I will ask what your desires and expectations are for the course and I am really excited to hear about some of the topics you might be interested in exploring through dance. This can be personal, or societal, political, it can relate to your other academic work, or be totally unusual for you, etc. Please feel free to send me ideas or questions ahead of time, too.
There is a great deal of room for creativity, as it should be, and as a final goal (final exam) we have either a group project/performance with all of us together, or several smaller group and solo projects/performances that we present to one another (or even a general public on the Davis campus (covid rules and logistics permitting, and if that is something you want to do or are comfortable exploring).
So, just like when choreographing a piece, we set some goals as landmarks and we remain open to exploring something new and unexpected.
Tools we use will be improvisation, research, common choreographic tools and exercises, drawing, discussions, choreographing on each other, on ourselves, designing and building costumes, thinking about performance locations and site specificities, etc... Your curiosity drives the class as much as my agenda to introduce you to Contemporary Dance, briefly situating it in the world of dance across cultures, address some of the foundational methodologies behind it and the motivations for it.
I am really excited about this class and I hope that we get enough people together to make it happen.
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If you want to find out a bit more about me, and the kind of work I do, here is my website:
CHOREOGRAPHY, DIRECTING, DESIGN,
COSTUME DESIGN & SCENE DESIGN
MOVEMENT, DANCE & BII - The Body's Intrinsic Intelligence