Credit Courses in Dance

2019-2020 Credit Courses

Harvard Dance Project in Bill T. Jones' "Story/Time" (excerpt), Spring 2019. Photo credit: Liza Voll

FALL 2019

Gaga People: Movement Language (TDM 143)
Teacher: Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: M/W 10:30-11:45pm, Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
Description: Gaga, the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, former 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.
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Deconstructing a Novel for Choreographic Thinking (TDM 147)
Teacher: Jill Johnson, Director of Dance & Senior Lecturer
Meeting Time: Th, 3-5:45pm Location: TBA
Description: This course will assess the structure and thematic elements of a novel as a means to recognize choreographic opportunities and interpretation in prose. Through discussion/analysis of how craft elements such as point of view, tone, voice, characterization, setting, and conflict are implemented in the composition of the novel, we'll consider structures and modalities of how novels are created, and how these structures/elements can be used for choreographic composition in creative processes. Architecture will be used as a reference point from which to orient course research, and passages of the work will inform students composition. By sourcing language— metaphor, style, rhythm—from the novels studied, written and movement exercises will be derived from the content of these works, either structurally, linguistically, or thematically. Novels studied will include: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai, Homecoming by Yaa Gyassi, Bluets by Maggie Nelson, Veronica by Mary Gaitskill, The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa, and Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli.
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SPRING 2020

Gaga Dancers: Movement Language (TDM 143B)
Teacher: Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: M/W 10:30-11:45pm, Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1, 66 Garden St. 
DescriptionGaga, the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, former 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.

Motion on Camera: In Studio (TDM 146) 
Teacher: Mario Zambrano, Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media
Meeting Time: T/Th 3-5:45pm, Location: Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. 
DescriptionThis course encourages and supports the creation of video projects with the moving body as subject. How is movement captured, and for what purpose? What kind of opportunities arise when identifying gesture? What role does choreography play in motion with a camera? 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.

Production Studio: Harvard Dance Project (TDM 90DR)
Teacher & Artistic Director: Jill Johnson, Director of Dance & Senior Lecturer
Meeting Time: T/Th 3-7:15pm*, with some additional Wednesday rehearsals 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. 
*Dinner hours at Currier Dining Services (across the street) run from 5-8pm

 
MORE CREDIT COURSES IN DANCE 

Contemporary Repertory: Dance Authorship in the 21st Century  (TDM 145B)
Fundaments of Improvisation & Composition, Dance (TDM 140R)
Poetry in Flux - Dance Afoot (COMPLIT 119)
Repertoire for Advanced Dancers (TDM 145A)
Movement Lab (TDM 141)
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: Harvard Dance Project in Bill T. Jones' "Story/Time" (excerpt), Spring 2019. Photo credit: Liza Vol