DANC 057. Dance Technique: Taiko I
Taiko I introduces students to the Taiko drumming, a neo-folk art primarily stemming out of Japanese culture and the postwar global diaspora. At both individual and collective levels, Taiko emphasizes the relationship between the act of drumming and choreography as concomitant and inseparable. In Taiko I, practitioners focus upon both physically energetic and choreographically intricate aspects of taiko. Content includes the fundamentals to stance, striking techniques, weight shifting, and upper/lower body mechanics; percussion drills and rhythmic games; and excerpts of original and neo-folk repertory. Portions of Japanese culture and language, such as terminology, etiquette, and mindsets will be approached, along with the historical and sociopolitical contexts of taiko.
Video viewing and required performance attendance may be assigned. Students enrolled for academic credit are required to write two short papers.
Recommendations: Students already enrolled in DANC 049D. Dance Repertory: Taiko are highly encouraged wherein possible to take this course concurrently, or, as a means of maintaining proficiency if intending to re-enroll in DANC 049D. Dance Repertory: Taiko in a later semester.
0.5 credit or P.E.
Fall 2019. Small.
Fall 2020. Small.
Catalog chapter: Music and Dance: Dance
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/dance-program
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