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Dance History: From Petipa to Postmodernism
DANC 375
Spring 2012
Section: 01  

This course explores the progression of both ballet and modern dance in Europe and America through investigations of various social, political, and historical contexts that have contributed to the evolution of both disciplines. Choreographers and artistic movements studied will include the ballets of Marius Petipa, Serge Diaghilev's LES BALLETS RUSSES, and the origins of modern dance in Europe beginning with Isadora Duncan, Loie Fuller, and the AUSTRUCKTANZ of Mary Wigman and Rudolph Laban. Modern dance in America will encompass Denishawn, Modernism in the work of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, anthropologist/dancers Katherine Dunham and Pearl Primus, experimentalist choreographers Alwin Nikolais, Merce Cunningham, and the Postmodernists of the Judson Dance Theater. Japanese Butoh, Vaudeville, and the German tanztheater tradition of Kurt Jooss and Pina Bausch will also be explored. Choreographers' response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 90s will be viewed through the work of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, and Ishmael Houston-Jones. Students will pursue extended research, view performance videos and documentaries, and be expected to write and talk about dance. This course is open to both dance majors and non-majors, with permission of the instructor.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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