ONLINE: For this course, we will closely examine the lives and work of several choreographers and dancers. Some are seminal artists who influenced future developments in dance; others possess uniquely individual visions that have had remarkable outcomes. We will learn what influences shaped the vision of their choreographic work, and what stylistic elements and values are evident in that work. Among those studied will be: ballet choreographer George Balanchine; the partnership of Merce Cunningham and John Cage and their legacy that led to the Judson Dance Theater; solo artist Margie Gillis; famous tap dance artists the Nicholas Brothers, Savion Glover and Michelle Dorrance; Twyla Tharp; German choreographer Pina Bausch; and one other. Students will gain insights into the many facets of life and experience that result in a dance creator's work. This lecture-based course will be accompanied by PowerPoint slides and videos with time for Q&A. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 50.
Class sessions are recorded.
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, modern dance history and dance in society. Her research in age and the dance artist produced a chapter in “Staging Age” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and the article “Margie Gillis: The Indelible Art of an Integrated Artist” (Dance Chronicle, 2018).