Basics of Choreography 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
107ZCH1 Z 4 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students create their own abstract choreography inspired by music content. They also prepare some choreography examples of the folkdances of various nations.

Mode of study

Presentation, classes, discussion, exercises.

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Course contents

Creation of one's own choreography inspired by the musical content of a work (ex: Prelude or Etude by F. Chopin, In the Mists by L. ??náček and a further large collection of compositions for student selection). Student, with their choice, prepare a music analysis of the composition and develops theory and practice preparations for a dance performance which is studied with performers and presented in the next semester on stage.

During this semester work with soloists, duets, trios and larger numbers of performers will be covered.

Additionallly, each student is required to prepare a theory paper and in practice, present their interpretation with samples of choreography inspired by folkdance: Czech Dance - polka, furiant - (for 3 pairs); Hungarian dance - Czardas - (solo pair); Polish dance - Mazurka - (presentation by 6 pairs); Slovak dance - Čapáš, Guralský dance, Verbuňk - (5 pairs); Russian dance (7 pairs with solo presentations); Spanish dance - Sevillian, Farruca, Zapateados (solo pair or solo). For each sample the student selects their own music sample, prepares the choreographic notation of the dance performance, at least, the ground plan and personally presents the samples. (Working with a folk dance professor).

Recommended or required reading

Ellfeldt, Lois: A Primer for Choreographers, Waveland Press 1998.

Mlíkovská, Jiřina : Choreografické etudy, Praha 1964.

Mlíkovská, Jiřina: Vybrané kapitoly z choreografie, Praha 1990.

Mlíkovská, Jiřina: Choreografické výklady a etudy, Praha 1995.

Humphrey, Doris :The art of making dances, New York 1959.

Tufnell,Crickmay:Body Space Image,Notes Towards Improvisatition and Performance, 1990.

Smith-Autard : Dance Composition, 1976.

Blom, Chaplin :The intimate act of choreography, 1989.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on: activity in class and exercises, creation of a movement study.



Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room S05
Studio 5 Attic

(Anenský areál - Anenské nám.2, 110 00 Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 14:15–15:45 Jan KODET Studio 5 Attic
Anenský areál - Anenské nám.2, 110 00 Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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