Creation, Re-Creation, and Repertoire 1, 2, 3
This course allows dancers to work with a variety of gifted choreographers, both learning existing repertory and having new work created for them. Dancers become familiar with rehearsal and performance practices, they learn how to recognize a choreographer’s intent, and they acquire performance and interpretive skills. Third-year dancers also work on duet or small group repertory in addition to their ensemble work. Classes build towards performances at the end of the fall and spring terms.
The School has given me the opportunity to work with artists who are icons of dance. Every year we have the chance to work with five or six different choreographers, and to experience a huge range of ways of moving. Our bodies have been enriched. – Natalia Lisina, graduate, from Kazan, Russia
Bouffon (not offered in 2020-21)
Bouffon is a physical theatre style exploring elements of burlesque, commedia dell’arte, farce, and satire, and at its heart is mockery pushed to the point of parody. This work is developed through the exploration of four families: the dwarves, the big bums and bellies, the hunchbacks, and the heretic priest.
The physical approach to bouffon is known to force students to break through boundaries of self-consciousness and to empower them with a sense of boldness in performance presence.
Music 1, 2
This course helps dancers acquire and/or sharpen basic musicianship skills in order to develop a fuller appreciation of music and how it relates to dance. The main areas of focus are: listening for the elements of music, and discussions surrounding the evolution of art music up to contemporary work, and rhythm and voice work.
First year students will learn to recognize, read, and respond to simple, compound, and mixed metres, and they will learn about efficient vocal techniques for stage work. Second year students learn exercises related to singing and proper vocal production. They work on breathing and improving the efficiency of their voice.
Elements of Production 2
This course provides an overview of the fundamental elements of theatrical production for the stage, including technical definitions and theatrical terminology. Students become familiar with stage management, sound production, production management, and lighting techniques. General theatrical safety principles are addressed, and students become familiar with job descriptions for a variety of positions in theatre. Students are assigned to actual productions in various capacities.