Credit Courses in Dance

2018-2019 Credit Courses

Julia DeAngelo '18, Karen Huang '19, Jackson Jirard '19, Allenda Witzel '18 in Peter Chu's "Fitting Out", photo credit: Liza Voll

FALL 2018

Gaga People: Movement Language (TDM 143)
Teacher: Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: M/W 10:30-11:45 AM, Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
Description: Gaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company in Israel—is a continuous, sensation-based movement class. Students are encouraged to interpret and experience the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating a total sensorial attention. Gaga offers a creative framework for students to engage with physicality and imagination, bridging the activity between body and mind while increasing physical potential. There are no mirrors in Gaga, and there are no observers. The class moves in continuum without breaks for a minimum of an hour. Gaga People is intended for and welcomes students who have not had any previous dance training
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Contemporary Repertory: Dance Authorship in the 21st Century  (TDM 145B)
Teacher: Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: T/Th 3-5:45 PM, Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
DescriptionA dance technique and choreographic repertory class that will focus on contemporary traditions and the repertory of three choreographers—Peter Chu, Sidra Bell, and Crystal Pite—engaging in the current discourse of contemporary dance. In several four-week modules, students will learn, study, and practice the technique and choreographic language of these artists. Each choreographer's work will be examined based on specific technical approaches and compositional structure employed in the piece, including: historical context, the derivation of movement language, dramaturgy, and the choreographer’s research interests. Each class will begin with a 45-minute class designed to specifically frame the study of each choreographer.
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Motion for Performers (TDM 148)
Teacher: Jill Johnson, Director of Dance & Senior Lecturer
Meeting Time: W, 3-5:45 PM Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
DescriptionFor actors, choreographers, dancers, directors, and writers, this course aims to build a skillset in the physicality of roles for stage, screen, and installations. The course considers how and in what ways a performer can capture and inhabit a character, develop embodied stakes, cultivate dexterity and nuance in a role – through and with the body. From the pedestrian to highly stylized or improvised movement, students will conduct in-depth research and physical practice in a studio lab environment, focusing on motion expression and considering contemporary texts in relationship to physicalizing a role. The course will include a rigorous study in body awareness, task-based improvisation, staging/choreographic exercises, and cultivate communication skills for effective feedback and direction. The course includes physicality assignments, readings and written assignments. Guest artists and directors, site-specific research on campus, and several colloquia will be a part of the course. Course Notes: No experience in dance and/or a physical practice required. Fulfills a TDM requirement.
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SPRING 2019

Gaga Dancers: Movement Language (TDM 143B)
Teacher: Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: M/W 10:30-11:45 AM, Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
DescriptionGaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company in Israel—is a continuous, sensation-based movement class. Students are encouraged to interpret and experience the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating a total sensorial attention. Gaga offers a creative framework for students to engage with physicality and imagination, bridging the activity between body and mind while increasing physical potential. There are no mirrors in Gaga, and there are no observers. GAGA Dancers is an advanced movement class in physical practice. Students should have some formal dance training to enroll in the course.

Dance on Camera: In Studio (TDM 146) 
Teacher: Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: T/Th 3-5:45 PM, Location: TBA
Description:This course encourages and supports the creation of video projects with the moving body as subject. A brief, comprehensive study on the use of editing software will be covered at the start of the semester, followed by a study on dance film as genre, paying close attention to works by previous dance film awardees from the annual Dance on Camera Film Festival. The course will include storyboarding, shooting, abstract vs. narrative representation, pre/post video editing, and culminate in an original final dance film project. Course note: Enrollment determined by short interview, conducted on the first day of class.

Production Studio: Harvard Dance Project (TDM 90DR)
Teacher & Artistic Director: Jill Johnson, Director of Dance & Senior Lecturer
Meeting Time: TBA Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
DescriptionThe Harvard Dance Project cultivates invention and fosters the courage of artistry. This faculty-led, performance company gives students the opportunity to be original cast members and collaborators in two or more diverse dance works created by preeminent professional choreographers. The project focuses on performance research, collaboration, choreographic composition, and links choreographic thinking to other fields. It is a studio-based course which includes at least 12 performances at major venues on campus. Course Notes: Enrollment determined by audition during the first week of class. Dance experience required. 
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MORE CREDIT COURSES IN DANCE 

Fundaments of Improvisation & Composition, Dance (TDM 140R)
Poetry in Flux - Dance Afoot (COMPLIT 119)
Repertoire for Advanced Dancers (TDM 145A)
Movement Lab (TDM 141)
Deconstructing a Novel into a Dance (TDM 147)
Contemporary Dance Technique: Countertechnique (TDM 142)
Master Work: The Choreographic Process of William Forsythe (Music 103r)
Modern Motion: 100 Years of American Dance (Freshperson Seminar 31x)


These courses are offered on a semester-to-semester basis, depending on the academic year. 

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

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These courses are cross-listed in Theater, Dance & Media and may be applied to the concentration. For a complete listing of courses offered through Theater, Dance & Media and for information on the concentration, please visit tdm.fas.harvard.edu

Image:  Julia DeAngelo '18, Karen Huang '19, Jackson Jirard '19, Allenda Witzel '18 in Peter Chu's Fitting Out. Photo Credit: Liza Voll.