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DANCE 345/545 A: Contemporary Dance Histories

Course Name: The Body Electric: Contemporary American Performance at the Nexus of Dance and Theater
Guest Lecturer: Jenn Pray

SLN: 13242
Meeting Time: MWF 10:30am - 12:20pm
Term: Spring 2023

Explores how and why dance styles, aesthetics, and values change over time, linking these shifts to broader historical, technological, political, and cultural movements. Through study of specific dancers, choreographers, communities, and practices, students investigate how dance reflects and in turn reshapes social, cultural, and political ideals and debates in distinct historical moments.

Topics vary and may include experiential movement. Recommended: at least one quarter of dance study or equivalent; and either DANCE 150 or at least one dance studies course with substantial reading and writing components.