WesMaps - Wesleyan University Catalog 2012-2013       Home       Archive       Search
Dance History: From Ritual to Romanticism
DANC 375
Spring 2013 not offered

This course will explore why and how dance is a vital participant in cultural practices around the world. Looking back through the perspective of present research, we will examine how dance is inherently a reflection of the culture it represents. A wide overview of dance will be covered, from its origins in India; to its inclusion in the rituals of Bali; the Noh and Kabuki theatrical traditions of Japan; dances of the Ashanti, Yoruba, and Dogon tribes of Africa; the rites of passage in Aboriginal Australian dances; the sacred Dervish dance of Turkey; and the rituals of Native American tribes. The presentation of dance at Court as a symbol of power will be examined in the Javanese Bedoyo, in Catherine de Medici's Renaissance pageants, and in the Baroque spectacles of Louis XIV's Versailles and the Paris Opera. The inevitable impact of politics on dance will be examined in viewing the French Revolution's influence upon Romantic ballets such as La Sylphide and Giselle; the propagandist works of China's Cultural Revolution; and how the repression of a Gypsy culture led to the emergence of Flamenco in Spain.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on APR-22-2018
Contact wesmaps@wesleyan.edu to submit comments or suggestions. Please include a url, course title, faculty name or other page reference in your email ? Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459