Music and Movement – ONLINE

Ballets Russes production of Darius Milhaud’s Le Train Bleu from June 20, 1924 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Stage design: Pablo Picasso and Henri Laurens. Costumes: Coco Chanel. Choreography: Bronislava Nijinska. (Image from Library of Congress)

MHS 594
Music and Movement – ONLINE
June 25-August 1, 2024 / Tuesday & Thursday, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Online course

Anthony LaLena

In this seminar, we will develop an aesthetic of modernist and postmodernist music through the concept of movement gained in a close study of collaborations between composers, choreographers, and visual artists. We will ask how the movement of bodies and machines inspired musical innovations across the twentieth century. Students will also map historical shifts in how artists and audiences perceived the boundary between time- and space-based art by analyzing how music demands we reassess our experience of movement in space. Students will read broadly in musicology, dance studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Weekly topics include but are not limited to: the works by Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, and others for the Ballets Russes and the Ballet Suédois; the theories of Émile Jacques-Dalcroze; Mary Wigman and German Expressionist dance; Aaron Copland’s collaboration with Martha Graham; the work of John Cage and Merce Cunningham; and the experimental pieces of Fluxus composers La Monte Young and Yoko Ono. Students will participate in weekly discussion and complete a final project developed in consultation with the instructor. 

$5,910 / 3 credits

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