ONLINE: Dance can establish, teach and reinforce the values and cultural norms of a particular society. Dance forms illuminate and define gender, personal and group identity, political status, religious beliefs and aesthetic values. Students will learn about the cultural roles of myth and ritual. This lecture-based course will explore dance forms from Indonesia, the Yoruba-speaking peoples of Africa, the kabuki of Japan and others, and examine the societal values embedded in them. We will also examine a number of dance forms from the perspectives of gender and dance. Then, we will discuss how a group maintains its culture through dance during forced relocations. Videos and slides will be used in the lectures. Students will gain an understanding of the intricate interconnections between a culture's values and the forms of its dances. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 50.
Barbara Dickinson, professor emerita of the practice of dance at Duke, served as dance program director for 18 years and faculty member for 34 years. A modern dancer and choreographer, she has taught courses in ballet and modern dance history. Her research on age and the dance artist produced a chapter in “Staging Age” (edited by Valerie Lipscomb and Leni Marshall, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and “Margie Gillis: The Indelible Art of an Integrated Artist” (Dance Chronicle, 2018).