Dancing Histories

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Dancing Histories

  • 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 introductory module is designed to provide students with knowledge and
    understanding of Western Theatrical Dance history.

    Autumn Semester:
    introduces students to Western theatrical dance history enabling the students to engage
    with key issues embedded in the history and practice of selected periods or dance forms.
    Students will participate in intensive blocks of practical work that explore notions of
    style, the dancing body, influence, technique and codification.

    ? Introduction to the module: Why Dance History?
    ? From the Renaissance to the Ballet De Cour
    ? Embodied Histories (I): Experiencing Baroque
    ? From the Ballet D?action to Carlo Blasis
    ? The Romantic Period & Ballet in Russia: Marius Petipa and his influence
    ? Embodied Histories (II): Experiencing Blasis? concepts
    ? The twentieth Century I: From Diaghilev to Balanchine
    ? Embodied Histories (iii): Experiencing 20th century
    choreography and dance reconstruction.
    ? The twentieth Century II: Ballet around the world

    Spring Semester:
    provides a solid foundation of dance history and introduces students to critical aspects
    embedded in history and historiography. Discussions may include issues related to
    authenticity in history (explored practically via dance reconstructions) and re-thinking the
    past (e.g. poststructuralists approaches to historiography).

    ? Embodying Histories I
    ? Embodying Histories II
    ? Embodying Histories III
    ? New Dance: America?s Pioneers
    ? Ausdrucktanz: The dance of Expression
    ? Modern Dance I
    ? Modern Dance II
    ? Schism and Transitions: Reinterpreting Modern dance
    ? Beyond the Boundaries: Postmodernism

    Teaching: Lectures, workshops and practical sessions.

    Portfolio: three assessment elements:
    ? Practice-based demonstration (50%)
    ? Bibliography (10%)
    ? Essay (40%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: 2000 word research essay on one of the historical periods studied.

    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.

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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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