teaching dance
syllabus


available tension / bridging technique


  level I
- fundamentals:
  body, articulation, dynamics
  exploring awareness of the moving body
   movement at low to medium
tension levels, exploring higher levels ...
   functional anatomy for the individual mover
   organic, bodymind-centric use of space



   approaches:
    -
Kinetic Awareness®
    - Developmental Movement
    - Release

    - vocal
sounding
    - contact improvisation



  intermediate level - optional encoding systems:
  as extra preparation & inspiration towards level II

   approaches:

    - Masunaga Meridian/Zen-Shiatsu stretches
    - Bartenieff Fundamentals
    - Fundamentals Series developed by Jacques van Eijden, based on Developmental Movement

    - elements from Classical Ballet, Limňn technique, Graham technique
   
- Laban movement analysis and notation

recommended complements:
-> Axis Syllabus
-> UZAZU
-> Capoeira **

-> Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuan **
-> Chakra work **



  level II - applications:
  space, time, character
- sensitive energy
 
    application of level I to high tension levels
    use of space through
geometric shapes
    performance



    approaches:
    - Cunningham technique and vocabulary
    - Eshkol-Wachmann spatial system and notation
    - character work in dance performance

recommended complements:
-> Viewpoints (Overlie, Black)
-> body-friendly acrobatics
-> acting techniques
-> Hula Kahiko (Traditional Hawaiian) **
->
Danse Sabár (Sénégal) **
-> Kathakali (India) **
-> Jíng Jíu (Chinese opera) **



 

ADDITIONAL STUDY:


• improvisation / composition

 
available tension & con·sens·us
   principles for (group) improvisation and live-processed (group) composition
   indoors and outdoors

  
Open Form Composition strategies
   intentionally using "open" and "closed" elements and directives in a dance composition
   "open" means that the movements can change in the moment of performance
   "closed" means that in order to perform the dance composition, specified ways of movement must be performed in a certain way
  
   approaches:
   - instant composition: memorizing techniques
   - chance-based composition
   - dance scores

  
elements from other disciplines:
    music, drama, set design




• analysis

  introduction to movement analysis and notation
  approaches:
   - simplified Laban Movement Analysis
   - Eshkol-Wachmann notation
   - Six Viewpoints


  
simplified Semiotic analysis applied to dance/performance
  from the example of visual arts to the performing arts: 
   - what makes a style, a piece, a performance?
   - how does it work?
   - in which context
   - for who?




  ** DISCLAIMER, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

  THIS SYLLABUS IS DERIVED FROM A LONGTIME EXPERIENCE AND STUDY OF EUROPEAN-DERIVED DANCE TRADITIONS
  IT IS A FURTHER DEVELOPMENT BASED ON THESE TRADITIONS AND
OPEN TO ANYONE WHO TAKES INTEREST IN ITS STUDY
  WHICH CAN PROVIDE A SUSTAINABLE AND HEALTHY, LONGLIVED FUNDAMENT FOR A LIFETIME OF DANCING

  HOWEVER, AS A FORMATION FOR THE DANCER OF THE 21ST CENTURY, THE ABOVE SYLLABUS IS INCOMPLETE
  WITHOUT SERIOUS AND COMMITTED STUDY OF NON-EUROPEAN DANCE TRADITIONS



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