Improvisation as Art and Physical Practice

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Improv. as Physical Practice
Spring 2024
Taught By: Juliette Mapp
Section: A

CRN: 13769

Credits: 1

This movement class is an opportunity to experience the exhilarating practice of dance improvisation. Through exploring deep kinesthetic states of heightened awareness, students will develop individual improvisational skills, the ability to collaborate and improvise with others and consider tools for performing improvisation. We will embrace improvisation as a complex art form that we can experience through various mediums but ultimately is expressed through the body. Materials we will use for improvising will draw from the poetic imagery of Skinner Releasing Technique, the music scores of composers Pauline Oliveros and John Cage, and the somatic-based touch of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen´s Body-Mind Centering. Students will also research and develop improvisational scores inspired by visual artists such as Agnes Martin and Hilma af Klint. The class will include spontaneous writing based on Open Source Forms. We will explore the potential for improvisation to function as a community-building practice within and outside the studio. The class will focus on the moment-to-moment decisions improvisation allows and how kinesthetic choice-making is expressed in dance and outside the studio. No prior dance training is necessary. This class is open to all students interested in exploring their physical imagination.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: Course in NY, not on campus (NN)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 3:48am EDT 4/23/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Building: 28 West 25th Street
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024