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Jurg Peter Koch Faber
DANCE 166
Seattle Campus

Dance Composition I

Introduction to the principles of dance composition through improvisation.

Class description

Movement as the Basis of Dance Composition Course Overview Composition I forms the basis of the course series in composition taught in the Dance Program. Composition II, Music and Dance Composition is taught during the winter quarter and Composition III, Dance Production is taught in spring. Composition I is a requirement for the Dance Majors. Students interested in choreographing for the Dance Majors Concert note that you will need to complete three composition courses in order to be eligible.

In this course we will research and experiment with the compositional elements of movement itself (action, body, space, relationship, dynamics). Compositional content, structures and processes will be introduced and practiced through improvisations, creative tasks and assessed studies. Besides creating your own work and reviewing it, we will also look at processes and pieces by established choreographers.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Jurg Peter Koch Faber
Date: 09/18/2009