Dance 45 - Midterm Study Guide

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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon What is history? The recognition of events that affected people at certain times and places in the past. All events in history are represented with bias which isn’t necessarily a bad thing What is dance? Expression through movement; need a body space rhythm and time. Different cultures have different forms. Rules messages meanings regarding cultural knowledge. Exists over a course of time. Consists of energy, flow and style. What is art? Human expression through creation, nourishes the human spirit. Choose and portray what you feel. Basic elements of all dance Body, space, time, force (energy), flow, form, rhythm, whole entity, emotions, inner  feelings, personal and cultural expression. Cultural knowledge: All of dance contains rules, messages and meanings that give cultural knowledge ie sleeping beauty knowledge about imperial Russia. Ellen Dissanayake Quote about how infants learn. “Art as intimacy book” Mothers gestures to baby. We are a set of human beings and art connects us to the most basic way we learn, cross mogally. We respond cross mogally to swoops and movement of dance. Paleolithic, Old Stone Age:hunters and gatherers. Begin with introduction of first stone tools. Ended with introduction of agriculture. Sympathetic magic: People in Paleolithic age believed if they killed animal in art they believed it would happen when they hunt. Sympathy b/w image and reality. Dances done when prey killed this was impt and successful hunting. Aborigines: Aussies natives, do kangaroo dances. Believe dance is divinely give from ancestors and represents dreaming time Jiri Kylian: Choreographer of Netherlands Dance Theatre who went to watch Aborigines stamp and created Stamping Ground in 1980. Netherlands Dance Theatre: Stamping Ground: Choreg. By Jiri Kylian in 1980 copied moves of Aussie aboriginals. Neolithic, New Stone Age: 10-15 Thousand years ago. Not completely dependent on killing prey. Totem: The animal on the Totem pole, usually living creature felt to have special powers and dance is made to partake in their power. Animistic Perspective:
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Belief that animals and objects had spirits and had an influence- leads into worship and religion to keep spirits appeased. Cradle of western civilization: Mesopotamia, present day Iraq. We took the calendar wheel, sixty second and mintues interval, how we tell time. 3 basic dance patterns often seen in ancient times: Circle, Procession, Line Lineage-based cultures and dance: Pre industrial cultures with limited technology w/o a written language. Often highly complex social structures. Ancestor worship and oral traditions passed down and geographical landmarks. Aboriginals. Shaman:
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course COMM 88 taught by Professor Jansma during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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