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Dance Courses Offered at Yale, Fall 2013

  • THST 235a/ART 235a Dance Theater (Emily Coates)
    A practical and theoretical survey of dance theater history. Introduction to movement voabularies, physical techniques, and epertoire from post-1950 modern and postmodern dance theater. This seminar celebrates the full interdisciplinary reach of dance in dialogue with theater, visual art, music, and media. Culminates in the creation of original dance theater works that students design and develop over the course of the semester.
  • THST 335a/AFST 435a West African Dance: Traditional to Contemporary (Lacina Coulibaly)
    A practical and theoretical study of the traditional dances of Africa, focusing on those of Burkina Faso and their contemporary manifestations. Emphasis on rhythm, kinesthetic form, and gestural expression. The fusion of modern European dance and traditional African dance.
  • THST 402a/ART 386a Experimental Writing and Performance (Dominika Laster and Emily Coates)
    A seminar that investigates some of the most pressing issues at the nexus of writing and performance. These include the position of the writer vis à vis the object of analysis; various documentation, archiving, and counter-archiving practices; the relationship between the archive and the repertoire; and diverse modalities such as critical, experimental, and performative writing. The course also explores digital platforms for the synthesis of visual, audio, and textual material.

Dance Courses Offered at Yale, Spring 2014

  • THST 380b/AMST 370b History of Dance (Emily Coates)
    An examination of major movements in the history of concert and social dance from the late nineteenth century to the present, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, and different cultural forms. Exercises are used to illuminate analysis of the body in motion.
  • THST 395b/ART 389b Postmodern Dance (Emily Coates)
    A studio-based inquiry into the epochal shift in choreographic aesthetics known as postmodern dance. Through reconstructions of key dances from the 1960s and 70s, the course will consider the social and historical context in which the work emerged, as well as the evolution of postmodern dance aesthetics into the present day.
  • THST 406b/AFAM 428b/AMST 335b Dance and Black Popular Culture (Constance Valis Hill)
    Approaches to theorizing performance, in particular dance performance of a black diaspora. Uncovering methodologies pertinent to the discovery and analysis of dance performance, intersections of black popular culture and concepts of the corporeal.
  • THST 446b Dance, Commerce, and Capital (Jessica Berson)
    Dance as a force in the global marketplace. The use of dance to embody unspoken relationships between production and pleasure, consumption and desire. Examination of such relationships through theoretical models drawn from dance and performance studies, cultural studies, marketing, business, and consumer culture studies. How dancing bodies generate a particular performance economy that engages specific strategies of representation, substitution, and identification.

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Yale Dance Theater is a major co-curricular initiative that augments and extends the work being done in the courses. Additional projects are undertaken in partnership with programs and departments across the university.

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We at ADAY are extremely excited for these dance courses. Please feel free to shop these classes and show your interest! Dance is a growing extracurricular and academic interest at Yale, and your enthusiasm is encouraged!