Dance Making 1

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dance Making 1

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module is designed to improve students? critical appreciation and creative skills. In
    these sessions students will learn new choreographic techniques from a variety of
    performance disciplines.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Physical ?listening? and response
    ? Practical explorations of physical and kinetic interrelationships, eg,
    mirroring, following, developing, opposing
    ? Using visual, physical, spatial, emotional and sensory imagery as
    improvisational stimulus
    ? Extensions of contact improvisation techniques, eg, point, roll, slide,
    exchange of weight, lifts, balances
    ? Exploring aspects of their own identity through personal movement
    language and style (starting points might include images, words or
    objects expressive of the student?s sense of her/his identity, situations
    provoking particular physical responses, memories etc)
    ? Creating ?dialogues? between their own choreographies and those of
    ? Responding to ideas, themes, images and objects from beyond the self
    (suggested by the tutor, might include movement-based ideas such as
    freedom and constriction; abstract ideas such as ?the colour blue?;
    concrete items such as a prop or piece of furniture)

    They extend and shape their choreographies through:
    ? Employing choreographic tools such as the manipulation of time, space
    and force; theme and variation; the dynamic arc
    ? Converting a solo to a duet (hence employing further tools such as
    unison, canon, opposition, contradiction, exchange of weight)
    ? Critical reflection upon their own and each others? choreographies
    ? Discussion of the similar and differing criteria for success for popular
    (including commercial) and contemporary dance.
    ? Further understanding of choreographic principles is gained through
    watching and discussing relevant examples of professional
    choreographies (eg. Nilima Devi, Russell Maliphant, Wayne MacGregor,
    Jonzi D, George Balanchine, Darren Dewitt Henson, Wade Robson, JaQuel
    Knight, Arlene Philips, Laurieann Gibson, Brian Friedman).

    Teaching: Workshops and Seminars

    ? Students will select up to 6 minutes of material from their "works-in-progress"
    (may include solos or a duet from the material they have created)
    As for option 1.

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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