Fall 2019

Partner Dancing (Intermediate Composition)

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-249

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Jenna M. Riegel (Section 01)

Description

In an atmosphere of curiosity, warmth and constructive risk-taking, this course investigates the dynamic possibilities of the moving relationships of our dancing bodies. We practice and develop deep kinesthetic sensitivity and listening as we explore both an intellectual and embodied understanding of contemporary partnering basics such as weight sharing, momentum, counterbalance, force, fulcrums, tone and resistance. Directing our attention to cause and effect, our experimentation with different choices guides our learning. Skills to build trust and open communication, pillars of healthy partnering practices, are folded into our classes. We discuss and embrace the intersections and influences of our personal identities, cultural backgrounds, compositional habits, and aesthetic sensibilities on our movement making. The creation of unique duet or ensemble dances through inventive and improvisational processes culminate in a public showing. Selected readings and viewings of partnering practices utilized across different cultures and performance groups and the ensuing discussions supplement our physical practice.

Requisite: A previous movement course or consent of the instructor. Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Riegel.

If Overenrolled: Priority to Amherst College students

Keywords

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

Offerings

2019-20: Offered in Fall 2019
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017