This course is taught by Ellen Dennis who has produced, managed and toured works worldwide for artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Brook, Diamanda Galas, Philip Glass, Andre Gregory, Barrie Kosky, Dmitry Krymov, Steve Reich, Wallace Shawn, Twyla Tharp and Robert Wilson; and for American Ballet Theater, Australia Arts Council, BAM, New York City Center, The Public Theater and the Wiener Festwochen. In this interactive workshop, which includes a ticket to attend the Fall for Dance Festival on the evening of October 11, students will explore the art of curating international festivals - from philosophy to practice. Using Fall for Dance as a case study, students will consider the incentives and creative ideas behind a festival; the festival’s place in the cultural landscape and its meaning and impact in the world; the art and craft of programming a festival; the festival’s responsibility to its artists; and what makes a festival festive.Students will engage in curatorial exercises, team up and program their own festival evenings; and evaluate their festivals through aesthetic, production and logistical prisms. The course will touch on the nuts and bolts of producing an international festival - infrastructure, logistics, presentation contracts, payment structures, and visas - will include a glance at international festival models in other parts of the world. You do not need to have a background with or knowledge of dance to take this workshop or benefit from it. This workshop is designed to teach principles and practices of festival curation using Fall For Dance as a case. This two-day workshop will take place Friday/Saturday October 11-12, with an assignment to be sent by the instructor the week prior. On Friday, October 11 students will meet from 12pm - 4pm and then will attend the evening performance of Fall for Dance Festival. The workshop will continue from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, October 12 with a break for lunch. Participation counts heavily since this is a hands-on workshop so students should not register for this course unless they are able to attend all parts of it. Fall for Dance is an annual dance festival presented by New York City Center. For two weeks each autumn, the festival features four world class international dance companies per night on one stage, scrambling short works in classical, modern, contemporary and world dance by highly established and emerging choreographers, companies and dancers in a 2800 seat theater. With $15 tickets it has been a groundbreaking audience-building initiative for dance. This workshop is open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students by permission only.