Dance History II: Five More Choreographers with Marc Strauss
Fridays from 3-6 at Wellfleet Council on Aging
Class dates; Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22.
The Fall 2019 course for Open University of Wellfleet entitled Dance History II: Five More Choreographers will focus on the choreography and major dance companies of Jerome Robbins (1918 - 1998; United States), Twyla Tharp (b. 1941; United States), Mats Ek (b. 1945; Sweden), Jiri Kylian (b. 1947; Holland), and Mark Morris (b. 1956; United States). Taught by Marc Strauss, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre and Dance, Holland College of Arts & Media, Southeast Missouri State University, Dance History II focuses on five more major 20th and 21st century choreographers who have created hundreds of dance works over nearly 80 years in genres as diverse as classical & contemporary ballet, jazz, modern dance, and on Broadway, around the country and throughout the world. We will study, view and discuss numerous dances from each choreographer: Robbins' work for New York City Ballet & on Broadway/film, Tharp's multiple styles (modern, jazz, ballet) on her own company & on Broadway/film, Ek's contemporary work in Sweden and around the globe, Kylian's work for Netherlands Dance Theatre and beyond, and Morris' contemporary work for his own company and beyond. With historical context provided on all dances presented via DVD and video, Marc will lead discussion in ways that will allow students to better understand and appreciate the styles, training, concerns, and philosophies of five more of the most important choreographers on the planet.