Choreography and Theory

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Choreography and Theory

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Dance, Visual Arts, Writing Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Choreography and Theory introduces students to dance theory and aims at developing ways of thinking and writing dancing (criticism, analysis, reflection and theory). The course expands upon key terms for the discipline such as movement, kinaesthetics, choreography, improvisation, somatic knowledge, embodiment, aesthetics and ?social choreography.' These are developed in relation to the central theoretical paradigms of contemporary aesthetics, placing dance theory into dialogue with discourses in the other arts. The coursework reflects on historical and contemporary case studies - with a particular focus on Australian work - and associated writing, whether technical, critical or theoretical. A structure plotting key creative practices within Western dance history (ballet, Laban, Graham, Forsythe) will be supplemented by other modes of dance including traditional (Indian, Indigenous), social (jazz, hip hop) and popular (tap), demonstrating the crossover between high and ?low? art in contemporary dance practice and the influence of concurrent aesthetic fields on its development.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.


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