Dance Interpretation Practice 1

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107INP1 Z 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim is to enable a deeper penetration into the area of so called historic dance from a practical point of view. To acquire an ability to dance well, interpret taught choreographis of social dances of the previous century. To recognize the relationship of dance and music in the aspect of rhythm, tempo and dynamics. To be aware of the relationship between movement technique, dance style and dance content. To acquire a knowledge of the interpretation of dance notation.

Mode of study

Practice classes in which the students learn to master a given dance repertoire according to practice with the instructor and their own notation resource research. The students learn to distinguish movment styles of a given dance from a certain period, analyse the movement, rhythm and character aspects.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Good physical condition. Movement coordination. Musicality. Theory knowledge from history lectures. (ex: Introduction to the History of Dance and Ballet 1 and 2.)

Course contents

Dance of the French Renaissance - terminology and fundamental steps from Orchesographie Thoinot Arbeau. Reverance, double, simple, branle, reprise, cinq pas de galliarde, galliard variations. Basse danse, tourdin, pavane, dalliarde, branles. Notation issues. Ikonography study.

Dance of the Italian Renaissance - terminology and fundamental steps according to the Italian books of F. Caros and C. Negri. Selection of dance for performance, for example: Villanella, Bizzaria d' amore, Ardente sole, Spagnoletta. Notation issues and ikonography study.

Recommended or required reading

Kröschlová, Eva: Dobové tance 16. až 19. století. SPN Praha 1981

Rumlová, Gabriela: Historické tance XV. až XVII. století. SPN Praha 1981

Van Winkle Keller, Kate-Shimer, Genevieve: The Playford Ball. The Country

Dance and the Society. London 1990

Taubert, Karl Heinz: Höfische Tänze. Ihre Geschichte und Choreographie.

Mainz 1968

Wood, Melusine: Historical Dances 12th to 19th Century. C.W. Beaumont

London 1952

Assessment methods and criteria

Condtions for credit are: class participation, preparations at home related to reviewing the material and study of trade literature. Presentation of the studied dances before and audience.


This course may be repeated. In the 2010/2011 academic year this course is not instructed.

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Schedule for summer semester 2020/2021:

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The subject is a part of the following study plans