Fall 2020

The Language of Movement

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-111

Formerly listed as: THDA-11


Jenna M. Riegel (Section 01)
Wendy Woodson (Section 01)


An introduction to movement as a language and to dance and performance composition. Students will explore and expand their individual movement vocabularies by working improvisationally with weight, posture, gesture, patterns, rhythm, space, and relationship of body parts. We will ask what these vocabularies might communicate about emotion, thought, physical structures, cultural/social traditions, and aesthetic preferences. In addition, we will use observations of movement in our everyday situations and environments, as well as from staged and filmed events, as inspiration for individual and group compositions. Selected readings and viewing of video and films will be included to give students a broad overview of dance and movement practices and tools with which to observe and analyze movement.  

Attention will be drawn to issues of race, class, gender and culture in looking at diverse languages of movement. Two two-hour class meetings and additional peer rehearsal meetings as needed. 

This course will be conducted in a hybrid format.  We will work in site-specific locations, including live sessions on campus with students who are in residence, supported by appropriate technology for remote interactions as needed.  Online-only participation will be available for those students who are not in residence.

Limited to 20 students. Six seats reserved for first-year students. Fall semester. Professors Woodson and Riegel.

THDA 111 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 01:30 PM - 03:20 PM GYM 10
Th 01:30 PM - 03:20 PM GYM 10


Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Fall 2024