Analysis of Dance 4

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
107AT4 exam 4 1 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 1 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 79 to 99 hours of self-study Czech summer

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Semiotics in dance analysis: The presenation covers the basic concepts and issues of semiotics using examples from other types of art. It introduces the manner of application of the stimulus of semiotics in the study of dance and especially in dance analysis (Roderyk Lange, Anca Giurchescu), demonstrating in particular examples the signs and symbols in dance (conventionalized gestures in Romance ballet, signs in classic dance forms of Southeast Asia).

The course is concluded with an analysis of a selected choreography: Classes continue work from the previous course. Teamwork is completed with an analysis of a selected choreography.

Completion of the course paper: In the course each student independently completes an analysis of one choreography/dance in which they are to demonstrate the mastery of the methodology of dance analysis, ability to find an analytical approach appropriate for the given dance particulars. The course paper is submitted in written form.

Learning outcomes


The course aim is an acquaintance with the methodological origins of dance analysis and existing analysis procedures providing the basic framework and conceptual tools for analysing the interna structure of dance and its external context. Theory knowledge is applied to dance material. This course contributes to abilities in understanding, the nature of its form and the particulars of various types of dance.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Course content is linked to Dance Analysis 1, 2, and 3. This course may be registered upon their completion.


Adshead, Janet ed.: Dance Analysis: Theory and Practice, London 1988.

Adshead-Landsdale, Janet ed.: Dancing Text. Intertextuality in Interpretation, London 1999.

Fukač, Jiří; Jiránek, Jaroslav; Poledňák, Ivan; Volek, Jaroslav: Základy hudební sémiotiky, I-III, Brno 1992.

Giurchescu, Anca: La danse comme objet sémiotique. Yearbook of the I.F.M.C. 5, 1975.

Jeschke, Claudia: Tanz als BewegungsText, Tübingen 1999.

Kaeppler, Adrienne L.:Dance and the Concept of Style. In Dance, Style, Youth, Identities, Proceedings of the 19th Symposium of the International Council for Traditional Music Study Group on Ethnochoreology, Strážnice 1998.

Kaeppler, Adrienne L. and Elsie Ivancich Dunin eds.: Dance Structures. Perspectives on the Analysis of Human Movement, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest 2007.

Lange, Roderyk: Semiotics and Dance. Dance Studies 8, 1981, s. 13?21.

Saussure, Ferdinand de: Kurs obecné lingvistiky, Praha 1989.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on:

class participation

completion of class assignments

final test

During the semester independent study of the assigned literature, and a preparation of an analysis at home are required. The exam is written. The overall grading is comprised of class participation, completion of class assignments (30%) and grading of the final text (70%).

Conditions for successful completion of the course: working in class, completion of course assignments and sitting the test.

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Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

room H2025

(Hartig Palace)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 12:30–14:00 Dorota GREMLICOVÁ classroom
Hartig Palace
lecture parallel1

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