Dance History: Five Seminal Choreographers with Marc Strauss
Thursdays, 4-7 pm, at the Wellfleet Council on Aging.
Class dates:January 17, 24 & 31, February 7 & 14.
The 2019 Winter Session course for Open University of Wellfleet entitled Dance History: Five Seminal Choreographers will focus on the choreography and major dance companies of the Russian-American George Balanchine (1904 – 1983), Martha Graham (1894 – 1991), Merce Cunningham (1919 – 2009), Paul Taylor (1930 – 2018), and Alvin Ailey (1931 – 1989). Taught by Marc Strauss, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre and Dance of the Holland College of Arts & Media at Southeast Missouri State University, these five choreographers had created over 1000 dance works over a roughly 60-year period during the 20th and 21st centuries. Their work lives on in their continuing companies after their death as well as their student and dancer companies We will study numerous dances from each choreographer: Balanchine’s neoclassical ballets, Graham’s modern dance ballets, Cunningham’s neoclassical dances of serendipity, Taylor’s alternately lively and dark modern works, and Ailey’s blues and jazz-inflected dances of unity. With historical context provided to all dances presented via DVD, Marc will lead discussion in ways that will allow students to better understand and appreciate the styles, training, concerns, and philosophies of five of the greatest choreographers on the planet.
Required text: Strauss, Marc Raymond, & Nadel, Myron Howard. (2012). Looking at Contemporary Dance: A Guide for the Internet Age (Princeton Book Company).
Photo Credit:Paul Taylor Dance Company, "Diggity" (1978)