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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DAN2017 Module Title: CHOREOGRAPHY SITE SPECIFIC
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: DAN2017
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator:
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 2.  Delivery will be by practical sessions and a seminar.
Assessment Pattern

Practical x 1 (100%)

Module Overview
The student produces one site-specific choreography from a directional position.  This provides an opportunity to explore and develop skills in making site-specific performance, focusing on the choreographic use of space.
Module Aims
To provide a detailed knowledge and understanding of choreographic practices and principles with specific reference to the organisation space and contexts for choreography.
To develop creative, practical and critical skills in choreography, especially in relation to making site-specific dance.
To foster increasing autonomy in choosing and planning choreographic work.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
A detailed understanding of a range of compositional devices and structures used in choreography.
A detailed understanding of movement phrasing and its organisation in space.
A keen awareness of issues relating to the creation of site-specific work.
An appreciation of the communication of meaning through choreography.
Module Content
The module explores the choreographic management of space through a site-specific project, a seminar that considers site-specific practices and theories of the organisation of the body in space drawn from Laban analysis.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
This module is taught via practical sessions and a seminar.
Selected Texts/Journals
Banes, Sally.  Terpsichore in Sneakers: post-modern dance.  Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1987
Kaye, Nick.  Site-specific art: performance, place and documentation.  London: Routledge, 2000.
Kwon, Miwon.  One place after another: site-spefificity and locational identity.  London:MIT Press, 2004
Lacy, Suzanne (ed).  Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art.  Washington: Bay Press, 1995
Lawrence, Kate.  'St Catherine's Chapel Pilgrimage:  A Guide in About Performance 7/Local Acts: Site-Based Performance Practice.  2007.  pp 165-180.
Newlove, Jean and Dalby, John.  Laban for All.  New York: Routledge, 2004, pp 81-90 & 112-119.
Tufnell, Miranda and Crickmay, Christopher.  body space image: notes towards improvisation and perfromance.  ondon: Virago, 1990
Von Held, Phoebe. Beyond the Black Box in Dance Theatre Journal, 18,4,2002. pp 20-24.

Suggested Reading
Kester, Grant H  Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art.  Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2004
Lawrence, Kate 'Who Makes 'Site Specific' dance?  Transportability and the matrix of choreographer, producer, funding bodies, audiences and communitie' in Rugg, Judith (ed) Issues in Curating, Contemporary Art and Performance.  Intellect: 2008
Preston-Dunlop, Valerie. Points of Departure: The dancer's space.  Sevenoaks: Lime Tree Studios, 1 Newlove, Jean and Dalby, John.  Laban for All.  New York: Routledge, 2004, pp 81-90 & 112-119.

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