Performing Cultures

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Performing Cultures

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of introductory dance study.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Content:

    In this module students will deepen their understanding of the anthropological study of
    dance and human movement systems, whilst gaining technical and expressive skills
    relevant to a range of dances located outside of the traditional Western theatrical 'art
    dance' canon.

    Students will analyse and embody dance practices from a range of cultures and societies
    with a particular focus on the ways in which dance forms move and develop through
    diasporic networks taking on new meaning and value in each context.

    Students will engage in an intensive series of practical workshops in national and
    diasporic forms such as South Asian and African people?s dances, as well as attending a
    series of lectures and discussion sessions that examine how these dance styles have
    developed and changed over time. Students will use their embodied experiences to
    enhance their theoretical study of dances using an anthropological perspective.

    Topics covered include:
    ? Classical Indian dance (e.g. Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Odissi) and South
    Asian diasporic dance practices
    ? African people?s dance and African diasporic dance practices
    ? Theoretical perspectives from dance anthropology, dance ethnology,
    diasporic studies, colonial and post-colonial studies, cultural studies
    ? Critical and cultural theory relating to the dancing body, particularly the
    relationship between dance and identity (gender, race, class, sexuality,
    ? Concepts of nation, culture, globalisation in relation to dance practices
    ? Issues surrounding the transmission, modification, and appropriation of
    dance forms

    Teaching: 2 hour weekly session through Lecture or Seminar discussion, and Practical Workshops

    ? Practical Performance (choice of repertoire)
    ? Case Study (individual presentation of 10 minutes with questions or written
    submission of 1500 ? 2000 words)

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

Course Disclaimer

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