Spring 2019

Ensemble: Dancing in Community

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-266  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-267


Dante R. Brown (Section 01)


This advanced studio course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as dance/theater artists by participating in the creation of a student dance company that is viable and sustainable in a liberal arts environment. Students enrolled in this course will be part of an ensemble and perform regularly in different sites in the Five College Community. In addition to the ongoing practice of technique, class times will focus on learning and creating different repertory with the instructor of the course, guest artists and the students who are enrolled in the course. Can be taken in combination with THDA 266 in the Fall.

In addition, we will examine different professional dance company models as inspiration in the formation of the ensemble as well as research diverse examples for community engagement and the arts. Questions that will inform the work include: What does it mean to be part of a performing ensemble in a liberal arts setting?  How do performance art making and community intersect? What are potential structures for organizing an ensemble performance company to insure flexibility as well as sustainability? What are some of the challenges in keeping a collaborative body together and viable? Three two-hour meetings per week plus lab TBA.

Requisite: Previous performance experience in THDA. Limited to 10 students. Admission with consent of the instructor after audition. Fall and spring semesters. Visiting Professor D. Brown.

If Overenrolled: this class requires an audition


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Community Based Learning


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019