The Dancer and The Dance: Live Performance in Writing, Media, and Dramaturgy

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Dancer and The Dance
Fall 2022
Taught By: Rachel Valinsky
Section: A

CRN: 14378

Credits: 4

This course invites students to explore how writing attends to the ephemeral event of dance and performance. Together we will use a variety of media that attempt to translate performance into more durable forms—from dance writing and criticism to studies on the theory and practice of dance dramaturgy, to films, photographs, and even painting and sculpture that in various ways attempt to capture, notate, or document live performance. Rather than privileging the live event, we will consider the way this range of media offers the opportunity to translate embodied action into other forms, for instance extending (rather than supplementing) the stage to the page. Considering the way different media function to expand dance, we'll also examine the politics of these translation in expanding our sense of what a body can be and do. To that end, we’ll explore moments where writing on and about dance dovetails with questions of embodied agency and authorship that emerge in Black, Queer and Trans, and Disability Studies that bring us closer to looking at the (in)just ways language attends to different bodies. A strong emphasis will be placed on students developing their own critical voice as researchers and critics of performance—though no prior knowledge of or experience in dance writing is required. While the focus of the course will be on developing analytic writing, we will also borrow somatic exercises, at times, to generate some of our writing and thinking, thus making space for our scholarship to, perhaps, undermine the cartesian logic of a mind/body split. Central to the course is a semester-long project in which students will work in groups on a publication by and for artists that fosters the evolution of written and graphic languages that contemplate current issues of dance and performance. Guided by the instructors work as both a dance dramaturg and editor, students will commission and work towards the publication of a collection of essays by artists on the various ways dance is materialized and manifested in forms other than performance. This course can also satisfy a LINA requirement.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:52pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 410
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/15/2022