Being and Doing: Dance for Every Body

Semester long course at Princeton

This studio course is open to everyone. We explore dance as a way to deepen both our self-knowledge and engagement with others. We delve into dance as meditation, using tools from ecstatic dance, yin yoga, and improvisation to establish a personal practice. We examine genre-bending performances occurring outside of theaters and study how dance reflects and can change (and whether it should try to change) contemporary issues, taking up such topics as power, class, race, and gender. In final creative projects, students take aspects of being and/or doing further into their own lives and communities.

Reading list includes:
Rebecca Solnit, Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable
Miguel Gutierrez, The Problem With Dancing
Anusha Kedhar, Choreography and Gesture Play an Important Role in Protests
Nato Thompson, ed, Living As Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011
Clement Greenberg, The Case for Abstract Art

Being Doing