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October 19 - November 16, 2020

Dance and Film: A Pas De Deux for Black Dance Artists (Virtual Class)

Dance and Film: A Pas De Deux for Black Dance Artists Photo of Donald McKayle from Esta McKayle, 'Ritual in Transfigur

Dance and Film: A Pas De Deux for Black Dance Artists

In this course, we will explore African, Haitian, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern Dance and how these forms have influenced one another.  We will also touch upon ballet as a guide that has now influenced the forms and techniques of all dance.   While many dancers have danced and been studying these forms their entire life, they have not always been considered on par with the world of ballet. So some time will be spent recognizing Black Artists and Artists of Color that have contributed to the field of dance and transformed the way we now view dance.   

     The history of African and Haitian Dance has been a direct influence on Jazz, Hip–Hop and Modern.  From the use of rhythms of the feet and hips, undulations of the spine and isolations we can see a very clear timeline.  Within the timeline is the narrative of how each form began to take shape and mold itself according to the social economic circumstances of its time.  

     The first two weeks will be an introduction to each form and technique of dance and will draw upon choreographers, readings, and video excerpts. We’ll delve into various pioneers of Modern Dance from the 20th and 21st centuries, including (but not limited to): 

Martha Graham, Pearl Primus, Katherine Dunham, political works by Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Black Iris Project, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, as well as the intersection between technology and choreography for film by filmmakers: Ngozi Onwurah, Maya Deren, and more. 

     In weeks three and four, we will use movement to investigate how and where the influences emerged and how they continue to evolve.   The final week will be used as an improvisational session to create a social justice work using all the forms of dance that have been covered in class. 

 

We hope to see you in class!

Course Link: 
https://abronsartscenter.asapconnected.com/?org=4770#CourseGroupID=35004

Sliding scale available for BIPOC students (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Contact Millie Kapp at mkapp@henrystreet.org for more information

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