Wisdom of the Body

This course is a beginning performance studies class exploring movement, voice, and creativity. What is the feeling of being "embodied"? How do we synchronize the body and mind? The embodied approach to performance grows out of a non-dualistic experience of the body/mind. Through gentle and precise physical exercises and improvisation, we will look at performance presence, precision, and impulse. We will enter the world of improvisational delight to integrate and explore the creative edges of the "unknown." This course provides an opportunity for students with no previous dance or theater experience to explore a range of creative and contemplative processes that serve as gateways to further training in performance. The development of individual presence and awareness of the dynamics of ensemble is emphasized throughout the semester. This course is for students interested in embodied creative process and performance skills.
Course Number: PAR100
Units: 3.0