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|Unit chair:||S McLeod|
|Prerequisite:||Entry by audition|
|Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.|
This unit aims to introduce students with some dance experience to the aesthetic and physical challenges of contemporary dance technique and choreography. The subject combines classes in contemporary dance technique with classes in dance composition. Technique classes, while physically and technically challenging are designed to cater to a broad range of dance backgrounds with the aim of giving students an embodied understanding of key principles of contemporary dance technique. Practical composition workshops explore physical and conceptual perspectives on choreography and focus on the elements of time, space and energy as they relate to dance. These workshops also aim to foster creativity, spontaneity and innovation through the practice of improvisation and the creation of student choreographic studies. Students also begin to engage with the philosophical issues underpinning contemporary dance technique and practice through specific readings and through viewing the work of contemporary choreographers.
On-going assessment in technique classes according to stated criteria 30%, examined choreographic studies 30%, on-going assessment in composition classes according to stated criteria 10%, essay 1500 words 30%. Attendance of at least 90% of practical classes is compulsory.
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