Credit Courses in Dance

FALL 2017

The Harvard Dance Project, Spring 2017. Credit: Liza VollFundaments of Improvisation & Composition, Dance (TDM 140R) 
Teacher: Jill Johnson, Director of Dance & Senior Lecturer
Meeting Time: W/F, 3:00-5:00 PM, Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St.  
Description: A dance course that explores fundamental skills of improvisation and composition. Using wide-ranging musical styles, experimentation, problem solving, and an equal curiosity about both success and failure — this course explores the processes of analytical and intuitive decision making in the dancing body.  Students will learn a series of specific physical tasks, tools, and systems taught through intensive exercises, guided improvisations and rigorous real-time composition. Physical research and written work in the course connect dance to architecture, the visual arts, mathematics, philosophy, science, theater, and literature in ways which link the mind and body to innovation. Fall 2017 will focus on site-specific research. Course Notes: Minimal dance experience required. Section meets select Wednesdays 5:00pm-5:59pm.
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GAGA People: Movement Language
 (TDM 143)

Teacher: Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: M/W 9:15-10:45 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 Tel Aviv—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.  View Course Website

Repertoire for Advanced Dancers (TDM 145A)
Teacher:
Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting TimeT/Thu 3:00-5:30 PM, Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
DescriptionOver the course of the semester students will learn, study and rehearse excerpts from choreographic works by renowned artists in contemporary dance. Excerpts by Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon, William Forsythe, Ulysses Dove, George Balanchine, and Twyla Tharp will be covered. Class will begin with a 45-minute technique warm-up designed specifically for the choreographic excerpt scheduled for study. This is an advanced course in practice, with a written component, intended for students with prior dance experience. Auditions will be held during the first week of class.  Course Notes: Auditions will be held during the first week of class.
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SPRING 2018

Dance on Camera: In Studio (TDM 146) 
Teacher:
Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: W/F 3:00-5:30 AM, Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
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 (Final Cut Pro) 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, conceptual thinking vs. literal representation, pre/post video editing, and culminate in a final dance film project. 
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GAGA Dancers: Movement Language (TDM 143B)
Teacher:
Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: M/W 9:15-10:45 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 previous dance training to enroll in the course.
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Production Studio: Harvard Dance Project (TDM 90DR)
Teacher & Artistic Director:
Jill Johnson, Director of Dance & Senior Lecturer
Meeting Time: T/W/Thu 3:00-8:00 PM, 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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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 coureses offered through Theater, Dance & Media and for information on the concentration, please visit: tdm.fas.harvard.edu

Photo: The Harvard Dance Project in Beauty and Failure, Spring 2017. Credit: Liza Voll.