Spring 2013

Contemporary Dance Modern 3: Partner Dancing Technique and Repertory

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-117


Paul D. Matteson (Section 01)


This course will include technical investigations of weight sharing, body-part manipulations, off-balance support, lifting and being lifted, negative space, resistance, and various ways of harnessing forces of momentum. How can we move with confidence, spatial awareness, and fearless agency when in close proximity and in contact with other bodies?  Duets, trios, and groups will be challenged to kinetically build set partner dances with repeated opportunities in the last part of class to perform, often with the added challenge of speeding up.

The repertory portion will draw from the material generated in class to create a larger piece, with final performances near the end of the semester in Holden Theater. There will be one weekly rehearsal (Friday 4-5:30) as a full group and TBA individual rehearsals to build solo material. Several rehearsals will also be added close to the performance date.

Spring semester.  Five College Professor Matteson.


Artistic Practice


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013