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MUSA 3224 Dance to the Music: Choreomusicality from the Baroque Court to YouTube (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course will explore the changing relationships between music and dance on street, stage, and screen from the seventeenth century up to the present. We will consider a range of interrelated topics such as music and dance as text (score, orchesography, choreography) versus as performance and/or improvisation, the performance of power and of identity (race, gender, sexuality, class), spectacle and the gaze, audiovisual synchronicity, film, modernism and the avant-garde, and popular culture. Case studies will be drawn from Baroque dance, ballet, tap, modern dance, hip-hop, and the contemporary music video. Students will share weekly responses with their peers, write a paper on a live performance they attend together, and complete a final research paper and presentation.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Daniel M. Callahan

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 11-Oct-17