music and dance
School of Music
University of Michigan
602 Burton Memorial Tower
Ann Arbor MI 48109
This course will explore various ways in which music sound and dance movements structure each other, both in performance and in processes of creation / composition. The course will emphasize aural and visual analysis, and will include consideration of the role of cultural context in creating and presenting dance performance. The aim is to develop multi-disciplinary analytical skills in approaching both audio and visual dimensions in the performing arts. Prior knowledge of either music or dance is not prerequisite, nor is the ability to read music or movement notation.
We will begin by considering various methodologies for analyzing music and movement, and issues in viewing moving images of dance. Thereafter, the course is organized into a series of case studies on specific dance traditions. Those selected for study illustrate various strategies of participation, ranging from recreational social dance and participatory ritual to staged theatrical art dance.
For each unit, there will be assigned readings, listenings, and videotape viewings. Required readings have been collected into a Coursepak that will be available at Accucopy on Williams St. after next Tuesday (Sept. 14). Listening and videotape assignments will be available at the Music Library on North Campus.
Policy Note: All requirements must be completed
satisfactorily in order to pass the course.
1. There will be a brief essay assignment (500-750 words /2-3 pages) for each of the major case studies we will cover. The essay topic will be assigned, and you will have at least one week to complete each of the assignments.
2. For this course, everyone is required to attend the Univ. Musical Society presentation of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico on October 5-6 in Hill Auditorium. A special free pre-concert lecture, on traditional Mexican musics, will be held on Tuesday Oct. 5 in Michigan League, which you are also strongly recommended to attend, because some of the points covered are likely to be relevant to completing the critique of the concert. I urge you to get your ticket as soon as possible, and even to take advantage of the upcoming student ticket rush. Do not wait until the evening of the concert to buy tickets at the door, in case of a sellout. If for any reason you are unable to attend this concert, see me as soon as possible.
3. Final essay examination: you will demonstrate
your newly-acquired range of analytical skills by commenting on an "unfamiliar"
Graduate Students Research Paper
This paper is a research exercise. Using a case study of your choice, you are to introduce your case study, and discuss problems in analyzing the music and dance. You can choose either a major dance production (e.g., "Swan Lake"), or a world dance tradition (e.g., bharata natyam). To facilitate orderly completion of this requirement, it is broken down into the following components:
1. individual appointments to discuss topics during week of Oct. 5
2. one-page list of resources relevant to your topic due Oct. 14
3. first draft (500-750 words) of introduction of your topic due Nov. 11
4. first draft (500-750 words) of analysis due Nov. 30
5. final term paper due Dec. 7
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Final examination: Monday Dec. 20, 1:30-3:30pm
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Thinking about Music
3. Susan Leigh Foster. "Dancing Bodies." In Meaning in Motion: New Cultural Studies of Dance, ed. Jane C. Desmond (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997), 235-57.
4. Adrienne Kaeppler, "Method and Theory of Analyzing Tongan Dance." Ethnomusicology 16 (1972), 173-217.
Video examples used in class
a) brolga (Australian aboriginal) dance. JVC Video Anthology, vol. 29 no. 28.
b) legong (Balinese) dance. JVC Video Anthology. vol. 9, no. 4.
6. Theresa Jill Buckland with Elizabeth Stewart. "Dance and Music Video." In Parallel Lines: Media Representations of Dance, ed. Stephanie Jordan and Dave Allen (London: John Libbey, 1993), 51-79.
7. Bob Lokyer, "Stage Dance on Television." In Parallel Lines: Media Representations of Dance, ed. Stephanie Jordan and Dave Allen (London: John Libbey, 1993), 127-144.
Madonna, Immaculate Collection
Michael Jackson, Thriller
II. STAGED FOLKLORE
9. Lucrecia R. Kasilag. "The Sounds of Bayanihan: Bandurias, Nose Flutes, Dabakans." In Bayanihan (Manila: Bayanihan Folk Arts Center, 1987), 125-129.
Excerpt from Bayanihan folkloric suite. JVC Video Anthology, vol. 8 no. 16.
Case Study: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
13. Allen Marrett and JoAnne Page. "Interrelationships between Music and Dance in a Wangga from Northwest Australia." In The Essence of Singing and the Substance of Song: Recent Responses to the Aboriginal Performing Arts and Other Essays in Honour of Catherine Ellis (Sydney: University of Sydney, 1995), 27-38.
JoAnne Page. "Traditional Australian Dance: Wangga of Northwest Australia." In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music and Dance.
Goyulan: The Morning Star. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, cassette. Companion book by Margaret Clunies Ross and Johnny Mundrugmundrug, 1988.
Bunggridj-bunggridg: Wangga Songs by Alan Maralung, Northern Australia. International Institute for Traditional Music, Traditional Music of the World 4. Smithsonian Folkways SF 40430, 1993.
The Rom Ceremony, Canberra, 1995 (excerpts). approx. 30 min.
III. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION & RECREATION
16. Susan Eike Spalding and Jane Harris Woodside. "'You Have to Watch Your People': Calling Old-Time Appalachian Square Dance. An Interview with Veronia Miller." In Communities in Motion: Dance, Community, and Tradition in America's Southeast and Beyond, ed. Susan Eike Spalding and Jane Harris Woodside (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1995), 31-4.
17. Mary McNab Dart. Ch. 4, "The Composing of Contra Dances," in Contra Dance Choreography: A Reflection of Social Change (New York: Garland, 1995), 65-91.
Case study: Tahitian 'ori
19. Moulin, Jane F. "East Polynesia: Society Islands, Dance." The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol. 9: Australia and the Pacific Islands (1998), 865-869, 873-879.
Tahitian Drums & Dances, performed by Toti's Tahitians (HanaOla HOCD 19000), 1994
Heiva i Tahiti (EUCD 1238), 1992
Excerpts from Tahiti Fete of San Jose, 1995, 1998.
V. DANCE CHOREOGRAPHED FOR THE THEATRICAL STAGE
22. Margarita Mazo, "Stravinsky's Les Noces and the Russian Village Wedding Ritual." Journal of the American Musicological Society 43 (1990), 99-142.
Les Noces: ("The Wedding") and Russian Village Wedding Songs (Nonesuch 9 79335-2), 1994.
"Les Noces," performed by Paris Opera Ballet, choreogr.
Bronislava Nijinska. Paris Dances Diaghilev. Paris Opera Ballet.
Elektra Nonesuch 40159-6, 1990.
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