Dancing in the Library


During the first few weeks of September, dancers in Collaborative Process (DAN 4830) have visited the Library twice to learn about its resources: once, on September 10, to learn about library resources for their final papers, and again on September 19, to explore how physical space affects their creative processes.  One visit involved sitting in a computer classroom; the other involved actually dancing on the main staircase and in the first floor atrium. In both cases, they used the Library's resources to explore dance intellectually and physically.


Associate Professor of Dance and the class’s instructor Emily Daughtridge explained the less-traditional, but creative use of the Library's resources that her class experienced on the Thursday the 19th: 


"The students were members of my Collaborative Process class, which is a course for senior Dance Studies majors.  The  students in Collaborative Process  are exploring the nature of creativity in collaborative work, crossing disciplines and group processes. [Thursday’s] class, guided by invited guest and chair of Theatre and Dance, Marianne Adams, took inspiration from Postmodern era dance artists such as Trisha Brown.  These artists are interested in exploring, dancing and choreographing in relationship to the elements, be they architectural, cultural, etc., of a given environment, or "found" space as it may be.


“During [Thursday’s] class the dance students explored improvisational performance in the library rotunda and in the large open stair case.  Both spaces provide unique spatial dimensions, architectural features, viewing perspectives and the opportunity to negotiate movement and interactions not only with fellow dancers but also with unsuspecting pedestrians.  In addition Ms. Adam's gave the dancers the following prompts to consider: the shape of the space, the initiation/intention of the movement, and the awareness of being a part of a greater whole."

Watch a video of Collaborative Process students dancing in the Library!


Photos by Rao Aluri and Greta Browning

Video by Marianne Adams

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