RESPONSE PAPER: Is This Dance?

| March 10, 2014

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“Dance is a nearly universal behavior with a history probably as old as humanity itself.Since antiquity, paintings, friezes, sculpture, myths, oral expression, and then literature attest to the existence of dance.Dance is embedded in our being.Even when not physically manifest, the concept and vision of emerge in our thinking.The dynamics of dance, culture, and society are inseparable.”
Hanna, J.(1983). The performer-audience connection: Emotion to metaphor in dance and society.Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
WOW!I thought dance was just something I watched on MTV.The more types of dance you learn about, watch, and explore, the more diverse your personal aesthetic regarding dance will become. For this journal assignment you will be watching several different dance clips to help develop your critical eye utilizing your informed aesthetic.You will ask the question “Is this Dance” as you further articulate a definition of dance.Utilize your tools for critical evaluation (KRITIKOS – PowerPoint) to comment on each dance as you decide which pieces fit into your framework about what dance is.Can you push the boundaries of your framework?
Thus far, we have established a few tools for critical evaluation in the Kritikos PowerPoint:
?Identify the style of dance – does it fit neatly into a type or is it some sort of hybrid
?Is it Dance Art in the 1st Function or 2nd Function?
?Look at the elements of movement inherent in the choreography.What element might stand out more than others?Body, Space, Time, Energy.
?What is your Kinesthetic Response to the piece of work?
?What is your empathetic or emotional response to the work?
?What is your intuitive response? ( Erick Hawkins: View as if through the eyes of a child – unencumbered by your “brain”)
?What is your personal aesthetic- your likes and dislikes- regarding this work?
?Artistic Intent- are you informed about the particular artist creating the work and what compels her/him to create?
?What is the relationship of the music, costume, lighting, sound, props, etc. to the dance?
Look at the Powerpoint (Kritikos-Tools for Critical Evaluation) and then watch the various clips on the DVD and web links.Write a brief response to each piece that you see.
1.First, determine whether each clip you watch is Dance or Not Dance (if it isn’t dance, what is it?… and why is it not dance?How does it fit or defy the definition of dance?
2.Utilize some or all of the tools of critical evaluation listed above to critically discuss the piece that you viewed.
3.Post your paper to the Assignment Tools on WebCT.Remember, use the format: Journal 2_Smith.doc
4. WATCH ALL OF THE VIDEOS BUT LIMIT THE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT BY COMMENTING ON FOUR OF THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS (FOR TIME’S SAKE!) – CHOOSE A WIDE CONTRAST. DO INCLUDE THE WORK BY MERCE CUNNINGHAM & MUSICIAN JOHN CAGE AS ONE OF YOUR CHOICES.
• Cirque du Soliel
“Nouvelle Experience” (on Moodle)
Michael Moschein (on Moodle)
“In Motion”
Tap Dogs (watch links below)
Legs:

“Out Loud”(watch links below)
Card Game:

Basketball Piece:

Scaffold:

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