Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The students understand some of the central historical developments related to contemporary dance and their connections to other forms of art. They understand different starting points, goals and methods for choreography, composition and contemporary performance. They are also able to place these into the present field of contemporary dance. The students understand some of the specific artistic processes typical to dance as an art form and the ways of forming a choreography - world relationship. They are also able to find perspectives between dance and contemporary performance and the artistic possibilities in their own field of art.

 

Credits: 2

Schedule: 17.08.2020 - 21.08.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Liisa Ikonen, Sofia Pantouvaki

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Liisa Ikonen, Sofia Pantouvaki

Contact information for the course (valid 14.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Responsible teacher: Aune Kallinen (Uniarts TeaK), Course teacher Riikka Laakso (Uniasrts, TeaK)

Responsible teachers in Aalto: Liisa Ikonen liisa.ikonen@aalto.fi 050-5771042 (Scenography) Sofia Pantouvaki sofia.pantouvaki@aalto.fi (Costume Design)


CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English

CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD

Content
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course observes multiple voices of contemporary dance from history until today combining three different point of views: observing movement and processes of dance making, delving into history and exploring with movement practices.

    The course is based on lectures and seminars that approach dance through observation, conversation, reflection and critical discussion. Independent studying is included in watching performance videos and reading essays.

    The course will be held in Finnish or English, according to the participant’s needs.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    What, how and
    why contemporary dance is? How does it approach movement and body? What
    do we see when we watch dance? What does dance move in us, and why?

    The course observes multiple voices of contemporary dance from
    history until today combining three different point of views: observing
    movement and processes of dance making, delving into history and
    exploring with movement practices.

    We approach several aesthetics in movement through perception, and go
    further analysing dance making in choreographic processes and through
    compositional tools. The historical point of view points out some
    evolutions of contemporary dance, also connecting dance into other arts.
    The emphasis is on the 60s birth of postmodern dance and the field’s
    polymorphous development in the 80s and 90s, linking the past to present
    tendencies and crucial questions. The course also includes movement
    practice: reaching towards dance in movement and corporeality, where no
    previous experience in dance is required. Through the body dance is
    approached as a way of being in movement, space, time and the world.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Active participation and attendance in lectures, seminars and assignments.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is based on lectures and seminars that approach dance through
    observation, conversation, reflection and critical discussion.
    Independent studying is included in watching performance videos and
    reading essays.

Workload
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, seminars and assignments 80%. Independent work and reflection 20%

     

DETAILS

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELO-E5213: Artistic Collaboration, 10 - 15 cr

Prerequisites
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELO-E5219 Orientation to Artistic Collaboration and ACO Project

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To the Professor and WebOodi 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Responsible teacher Riikka Laakso

    Riikka Laakso is a Finnish dance scholar, choreographer and dramaturg
    based in Barcelona. She received her PhD in Performing Arts at
    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in 2016, with a dissertation on the
    representations of gender in dance. She currently collaborates with the
    independent choreographer Marina Mascarell (Göteborgs Operan, Skånes
    Dansteater/Mercat de les Flors, Korzo Theatre) as researcher and
    dramaturg, and deepens in choreographer Sanna Kekäläinen’s poetics and
    methods through several published essays. As a choreographer she has a
    long relationship with contemporary drama collaborating with the Catalan
    director Alícia Gorina (God is Beauty, Blasted) in building physicality
    and spatial choreography. She has lectured in Zodiak - Center for New
    Dance and Institute of the Arts Barcelona on the multiple voices and
    aesthetics of contemporary dance. Her main interests in dance are the
    politics of body, embodying thought, the poetry of flesh and non-linear
    structures.

    Course is primarly for ACO students.


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Only for the students of Design for the Performing Arts (min. group size 3 / max. 4) and Costume Design students (min. group size 3/ max. 4)

    The course is organized jointly with the University of the Arts Theatre Academy.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Responsible teacher Riikka Laakso

    Riikka Laakso is a Finnish dance scholar, choreographer and dramaturg
    based in Barcelona. She received her PhD in Performing Arts at
    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in 2016, with a dissertation on the
    representations of gender in dance. She currently collaborates with the
    independent choreographer Marina Mascarell (Göteborgs Operan, Skånes
    Dansteater/Mercat de les Flors, Korzo Theatre) as researcher and
    dramaturg, and deepens in choreographer Sanna Kekäläinen’s poetics and
    methods through several published essays. As a choreographer she has a
    long relationship with contemporary drama collaborating with the Catalan
    director Alícia Gorina (God is Beauty, Blasted) in building physicality
    and spatial choreography. She has lectured in Zodiak - Center for New
    Dance and Institute of the Arts Barcelona on the multiple voices and
    aesthetics of contemporary dance. Her main interests in dance are the
    politics of body, embodying thought, the poetry of flesh and non-linear
    structures.

    Course is primarly for ACO students.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:



    The course will be held remotely and the teacher will be in touch with the students!

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