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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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PMA 3226 - Global Dance I


(HB) (LA-AS)      
Fall. 4 credits. Student option grading.

J. Chu.

How does the social production of dance reflect its historical context? Is dance inherently political?  What is the meaning of the “beautiful” in dance?  Beginning with 16th century court dances, we will explore how aesthetics have been aligned both with and against politics in various periods, across borders, and genres of the performing body, looking at dance as insider’s diplomacy and outsider’s rebellion.  Is modern dance a democratization of the art form? Is postmodern dance a discourse of traditions?  This course is designed to promote a critical appreciation of dance, its values and its ambitions, by developing a historical and cultural understanding. (HTC)



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