CHOREOGRAPHING WRITING - 2017/8

Module code: DAN3022

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

NIJHAWAN A Dr (GSA)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

W510

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1000 WORD PERFORMANCE REVIEW/ANALYZSIS 30
Coursework 2500 WORD PERFORMATIVE WRITING ESSAY 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module overview





      What does it mean to write about dance? How does one begin? What does one look at? What are some the considerations? This module analyzes the relationship between dance and text, dance as text, and textual representations of dance.  Through readings that focus on disciplines as varied as feminism, phenomenology, gender and dance semiotics, to excerpts from poetry and literature, to critical dance reviews in internationally renowned newspapers and magazines, we will be examining the methods and strategies for translating choreographed action into a written description of that movement. Our focus will be on student writing and contribution.

 

 

 

 

 




Module aims

To provide knowledge of the relationship between choreographies and their written descriptions in a variety of sources taken from such disciplines as dance studies, cultural studies, performance studies, literary studies, post-structuralism, and anthropology

To create an awareness of the current practices, academic trends, and inherent creativity in writing about movements and dances

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
An understanding of advanced theoretical approaches to creative writing about choreographies and movement across cultures and contexts K
A detailed understanding of the interplay between dance practice, politics of writing about bodies, and theory as reflected in writing in dance studies K
An appreciation of the ambiguity and limits of written accounts of corporeality and movement K
Ability to independently and critically analyse a range of different samples of writing on dances and movements C
Ability to evaluate and synthesise different writing samples towards a creative written account of a dance. C
Ability to critically evaluate distinct strategies of writing about movement practices C
Ability to creatively re-create corporeality and choreography through practice of writing. P
Ability to relate complex ideas in writing and in class discussion, and to negotiate different approaches and opinions. P

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content





·     The module examines and analyses a range of textual descriptions of dance and movement practices.

 

 

·     The module compares different techniques and strategies of writing dance.

 

 

·     The module draws on relevant theoretical models from dance studies, cultural studies, performance studies, and anthropology.

 

 

·     The module requires the application of analysis and theorisation for the creation of creative writing samples on chosen dances.

 

 




Methods of Teaching / Learning





Lecture, group discussion, in class writing workshops, and video/choreographic analysis

 

 




Assessment Strategy

Reading list

Reading list for CHOREOGRAPHING WRITING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dan3022

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.