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Contemporary Dance: Modern 3/4 Practicing Presence and Performance

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-117H

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Katie M. Martin (Section 01)


This intermediate-level movement practice class is designed for students with previous movement experience who wish to deepen their work as dance artists through the continued development of physical and performance-related skills. Infusing somatic inquiry and improvisational exploration alongside building specific alignment/coordination connections in movement organization, this class is an ongoing experiment with a vast terrain of practices that energize and attune ourselves, both individually and together, to the interconnected wholeness of our moving form and being. We transcribe this physical research into the embodiment of increasingly complex and dynamic movement phrases, eventually dancing this material within expansive performance propositions and scores. Our intention is to practice moving with clarity, freedom, adaptability, and artistry, excavating a personal presence and unique movement expression in the moment of performance.

Fall semester. Visiting Instructor Martin.


Artistic Practice


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016, Spring 2017