SYLLABUS

HOMEPAGE

class power points  ***  Class video clips ***  term project

CLASS DATE READINGS, ASSIGNMENTS & IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES
WEEK 1 Tues., January 6
Introduction to the Course
Dance and the other arts. 
Space/Time/Energy

Thurs., January 8
READ:
Lawson "The Qualities of Classical Dance" -- "Looking at Movement", Cohen -- "Verbs of Motion" [handouts]

IN CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT [Paquita/Cohen]

WEEK 2 Tues., January 13
The Role of Dance Criticism

READ: [all are handouts]
Siegel, Anderson

IN CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT [Tharp]


Thurs., January 15
Doing Dance History/Glimpses of the Past.

READ:
Anderson-chs 1&2
WATCH: 

Anna Pavlova: Dying Swan; Olga Spessiva: Giselle

WEEK 3 Tues., January 20
Dance at the Royal Courts

READ:
Anderson-ch 3
Cohen, pp. 5-9, 19-37

WATCH: 
The Art of Baroque Dance; Menuet de la Reine


Thurs., January 22
The Professionalization of Ballet: The Eighteenth Century.

READ:
Anderson-ch 4
Cohen, pp. 38-42, 51-64.

WEEK 4 Tues., January 27
The Romantic Ballet: La Sylphide/Giselle

READ:
Anderson-ch 5
Cohen, pp. 65-70, 86-90.

WATCH: 


Thurs., January 29
The Romantic Ballet: Denmark
READ:
Anderson, pp. 78-80, 94-95 [review]
Cohen, pp. 77-85

ALSO READ:

IN CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT [La Sylphide]
WEEK 5 Tues., February 3
Tsarist Ballet: Marius Petipa [biography]
READ:
Anderson-ch 6
Cohen, pp. 91-102.

Flower/Corsaire WRITING ASSIGNMENT due by class on Feb. 3


Thurs., February 5
Tsarist Ballet: Ivanov

READ: 
Lev Ivanov: My Recollections [on blackboard & website]
handouts [Slonimsky, Beaumont]-- eventually!

WATCH: 

IN CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT [Two Swans]
WEEK 6 Tues., February 10

MIDTERM


Thurs., February 12
Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes": Fokine/Nijinsky

READ:
Anderson-ch 7
Cohen, pp. 102-108, 113-117
handouts [Philp/Sacre; Lieven/Ballets-Russe]
Diaghilev's Ballets Russes

WATCH: 

If time IN CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT [2 birds]
WEEK 7 Tues., February 17
Finish Diaghilev:

WATCH:

Raindate for  IN CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT [2 birds]
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Early Modern Dance: Duncan; Wigman/Denishawn

READ:
Anderson-ch 9, pp. 165-174
Cohen, pp. 118-134, 149-153.
handouts [St. Denis, Witch Dance]

WATCH:


Thurs., February 19
Early Modern Dance: Graham
READ:
Anderson-ch 9, pp. 174-191.
Cohen, pp. 135-148

IN CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT [Fokine/Wigman]

WEEK 8 Tues., February 24
Rise of Modern American Ballet

READ:
Anderson-ch 8
Cohen, pp. 154-158, 174-186.
handout [deMille]


Thurs., February 26
George Balanchine

READ:
handouts [Denby/Selleck]
Cohen, pp. 187-192

WEEK 9 Tues., March 3
Modern European Ballet: England/Russia/France/Germany
READ:

Anderson-ch 10
Cohen, pp. 154-158 (review). pp. 164-173.

IN CLASS WRITING ASSIGNMENT [Balanchine/Kylian]


Thurs., March 5
Merce Cunningham/Paul Taylor
READ:
handouts [Cunningham, Taylor]
Cohen, pp. 193-203.
WEEK 10 Tues., March 10
Twyla Tharp/Mark Morris
READ:
handouts [Siegel/Vaughan]
Cohen, pp. 217-222, 227-233, 251-256

Thurs., March 12
Final Discussion ++ Final Exam Study Guide
Term Project is due by Saturday 9am vis email to Sally
FINAL EXAM TBA
Ballet Comique de la Reine - France, 1582Ballet Comique de la Reine: 1582/FranceLa Sylphide: 1832/FranceFirebird: 1910/RussianSymphonic Variations: 1946/Great BritainAureole: 1968/United StatesRite of Spring [Bausch]: 1975/Germany