Basics of Choreography 2
Name of lecturer(s)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The first choreographic work inspired by a narrative. A choreography of large social dances in examples and a developed choreographic script.
Mode of study
Presentation, classes, discussion, exercises.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Choreography study students much be graduates of a dance conservatory or another vocational school of similar significance. They must have been a dancer in a professional ballet ensemble or other professional dance ensemble. The student must pass the entrance process, have talent, imagination, managerial and organizational skills for performing as a creative choreographer.
Creating one's own choreography inspired by the literature, that is a program composition in a dramatic duet. The choreography directing preparations and implementation of a dramatic dance duet. Psychological and content development of roles (Ex: the symphonic overture „Jealousy“ by L. Janáček). The student must study libretto of an opera „Jenufa“, become acquainted with the period environment,surroundings, period and overall climate of the story which will influence the exterior (costuming, set, props, weapons), and internal actions of the duet dancers (conflict, psychological bonds, emotions, influence of the period on the behaviour of people, folk tradions). It is the students choice of music for their choreography. The basic approach to the topic must be similar as in the presented example.
The student studies their choreography with the dancers and presents it on stage in simple but functional and meaningful costumes and settings.
Also, each student is required to study choreography samples inspired by period social dances at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. This is three etudes: Grand Viennese Waltz, French Can-can and the Charleston.
Students prepare a dance floor movement plan, arranges the period music recording, announces the period tastes, fashions and prepares an example with the use of the dance style elements.
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 Improvisation and Performance, 1990.
Smith-Autard : Dance Composition, 1976.
Blom, Chaplin : The intimate act of choreography, 1989.
Libretta, or other literary basis for a dramatic duet choreography.
Assessment methods and criteria
Credit is awarded based on: participation in class and exercises.
A condition of successfull completion of the course: creation of a choreographic work and its public presentation.
Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Choreography (Bc) (required main subject)