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Performing Cultures

  • Module code: DC5005
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: Year 5
  • Credits: 30.00
  • Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Level 4 Dance requirements or equivalent
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

This is a year long optional Level 5 module in which 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. 

Aims

  • Deepen students’ understanding of key theoretical concepts that will enable them to engage with and critically analyse a range of dance forms from an anthropological perspective 
  • Enable students to develop technical and performance skills in at least one national or diasporic dance practice located outside of the traditional Western theatrical art dance canon

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate technical and expressive skill when performing national or diasporic dances
  • Draw on principles, approaches and techniques of national or diasporic dance forms in the choreography and/or performance of a dance piece
  • Analyse dance practices using theoretical concepts from dance anthropology and/or cultural studies  
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of history, culture, politics and identity when discussing the emergence, transmission and development of national and diasporic dance forms in a global context

 

Curriculum content

  • 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, religion)
  • Concepts of nation, culture, globalisation in relation to dance practices
  • Issues surrounding the transmission, modification, and appropriation of dance forms

 

Teaching and learning strategy

Across the year students will participate in a two hour weekly session that may be a lecture or seminar discussion used to introduce theoretical, historical or conceptual study, or practical workshops used to develop technical and performance skills in specific dance practices. 

A number of key skills are developed as part of this module.  In particular students will develop self-awareness, research and information literacy, communication and inter-personal skills.  These skills will be developed through activities such as small group and class discussions, practical tasks, reflective tasks and research activities.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive KIS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Lecture / seminar 14
Scheduled learning and teaching Practical 30
Guided independent study Independent study 256
Total (number of credits x 10) 300

Assessment strategy

In this module the assessments test the key academic and performance skills students require to progress effectively on this degree programme. 

  • Practical performance (choice of repertoire) 
  • Case study (individual presentation of 10 mins with questions or written submission of 1,500-2,000 words) 

Students will complete first drafts of set tasks during the course of study, and receive feedback on these before final submission. There will also be elements of formative assessment preparing students for the final written assignment, which may include a research exercise and a completion of indicative bibliography.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
Demonstrate technical and expressive skill when performing national or diasporic dances Practical Performance
Draw on principles, approaches and techniques of national or diasporic dance forms in the choreography and/or performance of a dance piece Practical Performance
Analyse dance practices located outside of the Western theatrical art dance canon using theoretical concepts from dance anthropology and/or cultural studies Case study (written or individual presentation)
Demonstrate an understanding of the role of history, culture, politics and identity when discussing the emergence, transmission and development of national and diasporic dance forms in a global context Case study (written or individual presentation)

Breakdown of Major Categories of Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment Name Assessment Weighting
PRC Practical performance 65
CWK Case study 35
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any major assessment category is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module

Bibliography core texts

Dils, A. & Cooper-Albright A., Moving History / Dancing Cultures: A Dance History ReaderMiddletown CT:Wesleyan University Press.

Foster, S. (ed.) (2009) Worlding Dance Basingstoke: Macmillan. 

Bibliography recommended reading

Asante, K. W. (1997) African Dance London: Africa Research and Publications.

Buckland, T. (2011) Society Dancing: Fashionable Bodies 1870-1920 Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Buckland, T. (ed.) (1999) Dance in the Field: theories, methods and issues in dance ethnography Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Carter, A. & O’Shea, J. (2010) The Routledge Dance Studies Reader, London:Routledge.

Dixon Gottschild, B. (2005) The Black Dancing Body: a geography from coon to cool Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Dodds, S. (2011) Dancing on the Canon: Embodiments of Value in Popular Dance Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Grau, A. & Jordan, S. (2000) Europe Dancing: perspectives on theatre dance and cultural identity, London: Routledge.

Browning, B. (1996) Samba: Resistance in Motion (Arts and Politics of the Everyday) Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press.

Manning, S. (2004) Modern Dance, Negro Dance, London: Dance Books

Martin, J. (2003)The Intercultural Performance Handbook London:Dance Books.

Peterson Royce A. (2002) The Anthropology of Dance London: Dance Books.

Peterson Royce A. (2004) Anthropology of the Performing Arts: artistry, virtuosity and interpretation in cross-cultural perspective, Lanham MD:AltaMira Press.

Sloat, S. (2002) Caribbean Dance from Abakua to Zouk: how movement shapes identity London: Dance Books.

Thomas, H. (2003) The Body, Dance and Cultural Theory Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thomas, H. (ed) (1997) Dance in the City New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Ugwu, C. (1995) Let’s Get it On: the politics of Black performance Alameda CA:Bay Press.

Williams, D (2004, 2nd edition) Anthropology and the Dance: Ten Lectures Urbana and Chicago University of Illinois Press.

 

 

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