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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon
Course Coordinator and Team: Ranjana Dave and Mandeep Singh Raikhy
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for students on the MA Dance Practice and students from other MA programmes who are strongly invested in performance making.
Practice in Context is a course that opens up a range of possible routes and modalities within the breadth of the field and prepares them to make informed choices regarding their area of research, their choice of internship and their potential career path.
This course comprises of 4 components in Semester 3. Each of these components is delivered as an intensive block allowing for an immersive experience.
Through these components students explore and interrogate a number of specific dimensions of the field, opening up the particular skills and challenges pertaining to each one. Study will involve collaborative working as well as independent research and development.
At the end of this course, students will be able demonstrate an understanding of the knowledges and skills pertaining to diverse dimensions of practice, cultivate an emergent creative voice, interrogate the role of the performer, and identify a specific interest in the field.
At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
The course will be taught in 4 intensive blocks:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Weeks 1-5 (16 hours per week)
The ‘What’ Workshop
In these sessions students will begin to identify and articulate some of the possible starting points in terms of their interests as choreographers/creators through rigorous physical explorations and class discussion.
These sessions follow the ‘What’ workshops. Having identified the nature of what it might be that one wants to make, the logical step would be to formulate and delineate frameworks of practical research, further specifying the ‘What’. The students will now look at establishing working methodologies through which to generate, refine and shape movement material in a way that is consistent and coherent with the concerns of the work.
These sessions are designed to allow independent studio work in order to further develop their own movement research based on all the previous inputs. Here mentors and course leaders may be invited to give feedback on movement research and methodologies that emerge. At the end of the component, students will present a choreographic sketch, a positioning presentation and supporting portfolio presentation.
Workshops with and mentorship by visiting practitioners.
Weeks 6-8 (16 hours per week)
Dance and Movement with Communities
Critical and innovative thinking, facilitation skills and sensitivity are essential to work effectively in community settings. This component will touch upon some of these considerations and require students to bring their own experiences of embodiment to develop dance/movement activities that could be responsibly and powerfully implemented within a unique context. This curriculum of 28 hours consists of:
Layers of Dance/Movement Impact: the Psychological, Social, Emotional, Physical and
Mental and Their Interrelationship
Applications of Dance/Movement: Process/Outcomes
Week 9 (32 hours)
Shaping Future Ecologies: Advocacy & Policy
Using the particular relationships to embodiment proposed in the programme so far as a point of departure, this component invites a reimagining of the existing ecology of the field. Through simulations, discussions, and collaborative group explorations students will critically examine existing legal and policy frameworks. Students will be required to read short texts circulated as preparatory material prior to starting the component. In addition, they may find it useful to engage with the following background readings.
Week 9-12 (16 hours per week)
Encounters and Collaborations: Body in the City
This component takes choreographic and performance practice out of the studio/theatre context, and encourages students to critically consider what happens to work when it sits in the public sphere. Students will create short experiments collaboratively where they develop sensitivity to the challenges of working site-specifically, further refining their exploration of body, space and time.
Consolidation Week and submission of dissertation proposals.
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