DANC 050. Dance Technique: Contemporary Modern II


Maggie Zhao's CHI modern class focuses on bodily dualistic investigation and practice: physical and spiritual, somatic and performative, inside out and outside in, and the relationship of internal and external energy, time and space. The concept of maintaining the dualities while dancing is inspired by Maggie's cross-cultural life and spiritual experiences and pedagogical research, the West and East. In particular, the class intertwines with the traditional Eastern essential movement practice method CHI (the different uses of breath and energy) in martial arts, Tai Chi, Chinese Classical dance, etc. and the Western Release Technique and Cunningham Technique. The class instruction flows with the progression from simplicity to sophistication by cultivating and inviting dancers to embody Buddhist and Taoist philosophies throughout their practice. If taken for academic credit, two short papers are required.
Graded CR/NC.
Prerequisite:  DANC 040  or permission from instructor.
0.5 credit or P.E.
Fall 2022. Zhao.
Spring 2023. Zhao.
Fall 2023. Staff..
Spring 2024. Staff.
Catalog chapter: Music and Dance: Dance  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/dance-program


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