21M.675 Dance Theory and Composition

Fall 2003

Image of a book cover on dancing circa 1878.
Image of the front cover of a book on dancing, circa 1878. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

Course Highlights

This course features video of student projects.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the art and formal ideologies of contemporary dance. We explore the aesthetic and technical underpinnings of contemporary dance composition. Basic compositional techniques are discussed and practiced, with an emphasis on principles such as weight, space, time, effort, and shape. Principles of musicality are considered and developed by each student. Working with each other as the raw material of the dance, students develop short compositions that reveal their understanding of basic techniques. Hopefully, students come to understand a range of compositional possibilities available to artists who work with the medium of the human body.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.

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Thomas DeFrantz

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session