College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2021  
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

DANC 049D. Dance Performance Repertory: Swarthmore Taiko Ensemble


Taiko is an energetic neo-folk drumming art stemming from Japan and its postwar diaspora.  Emphasizing choreographic, embodied approaches to Taiko, as an ensemble we learn contemporary and folk-based repertory from Japan and the international Taiko community, culminating in end-of-semester performances. Through Taiko, we hone intense physicality and musicianship, perseverance, mindfulness, cooperation, responsibility, creativity, and an appreciation for Japanese and Asian American cultures.

No prior experience required.

A dance technique course, such as DANC057 Taiko I, taken concurrently is highly encouraged but not necessary.

Video viewings, readings, and performance participation.

2 PE or 0.5 academic credit (1~2 short papers)

Graded CR/NC.
0.5 credit or P.E.
Eligible for ASIA
Fall 2021. Small.
Spring 2022. Small.
Fall 2022. Small.
Spring 2023. Small.
Fall 2023. Small.
Catalog chapter: Music and Dance: Dance  
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