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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DAN3010 Module Title: VERTICAL DANCE
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: VERT DANCE
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: LAWRENCE KM Ms (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
Vertical dance performance
750-1000 word essay
Module Overview
Module Aims
  • To provide a detailed knowledge and understanding of choreographic practices and principles relating to vertical dance work in relation to site specific and aerial dance.
  • To acquire a thorough understanding of the choreographic negotiation between two movement languages, dance and rock climbing, and the different planes they inhabit.
  • To develop strategies for making and presenting choreographic work on the vertical plane.
  • To develop basic rock climbing skills.
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
  • A detailed understanding of Vertical Dance and its relationship with site-specific and aerial dance practices.
  • An awareness of the history, current practices and techniques of the sport of rock climbing.
Cognitive/Intellectual Skills:
  • Ability to critique confidently examples of Vertical, Site-specific and Aerial dance work.
  • Ability to evaluate a Vertical dance project in writing, outlining a clear conceptual framework and process.
  • Ability to apply dance methods in a rock climbing context with confidence and flexibility and to solve complex problems.
  • Ability to synthesise abstract ideas and concepts into Vertical dance outcomes with minimum guidance.
Practical/Key Skills:
  • Ability to generate, perform, direct and evaluate original Vertical dance material.
  • Ability to select and direct a group of dancers confidently to realise embodied and committed performances.
  • Effective communication of ideas and intentions to maximise potential of available rehearsal and production resources.
  • Ability to initiate, plan, organise and realise complex choreographic outcomes with minimum guidance.
  • Ability to operate in complex and unpredictable contexts, selecting and applying a wide range of innovative and standard techniques.
  • Ability to construct strategies to effectively perform in own choreography.
  • Good time management.
  • Ability to conduct appropriate risk assessments
Module Content
  • This module introduces students to rock climbing techniques and the correct and safe use of climbing apparatus in order that they may explore the choreographic potential of dancing on vertical surfaces.
  • During the module students will be required to produce original choreography resulting from movement investigations on the vertical plane, which they will then evaluate in a written report.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Practical sessions
Selected Texts/Journals
Required Reading :
Goddard, Dale and Neumann, Udo. Performance Rock Climbing.   Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 1993.
Kaye, Nick. Site-specific art: performance, place and documentation.   London : Routledge, 2000
Fyffe, Allen and Peter, Iain. The Handbook of Climbing.   London : Pelham Books, 1990, 1997
Shepherd, Nigel. The Complete Guide to Rope Techniques.   London : Constable, 2001, 2003
Smith, Phil. ‘On Site’ in Total Theatre Magazine, 14/1 2002, p.11
Suggested Reading :
Banes, Sally, Terpsichore in Sneakers, Middleton Conn: Wesleyan Univ. Press, 1987
Blom, L.A. and Chaplin, L.T., The Intimate Act of Choreography, Pittsburgh : Pitts Press, 1982
Goldberg, R.L. Performance art.  London: Thames and Hudson , 1988 reprinted 1992.
Kwon, Miwon. One Place after another: site-specific art and locational identity.   London : MIT Press, 2004
Macfarlane, Robert. Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination. London : Granta Books, 2003
Marsh, Bill. Rope Techniques in Mountaineering. Milnthorpe: Cicerone Press, 1992, 1997
Pearson, Mike and Shanks, Michael. Theatre/Archaology. London : Routledge, 2001
Preston-Dunlop, Valerie, Points of Departure: the dancer’s space, Sevenoaks: Lime Tree Studios, 1984
Suderburg, Erika (ed.). Space, Site, Intervention: Situating Installation Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.
Wilson , Ken (ed.). The Games Climbers Play.   London : Baton Wicks, 1978, 2000
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