Deconstructing the Novel for Choreographic Thinking

TDM 147
Mario Zambrano
2019 Fall
Thursday, 3:00-5:45pm
Location: Farkas Studio 303
Class Capacity: 10 Consent Required: Instructor

Description: This course will assess the structure and thematic elements of a novel as a means to recognize choreographic opportunities and interpretation in prose. Through discussion/analysis of how craft elements such as point of view, tone, voice, characterization, setting, and conflict are implemented in the composition of the novel, we'll consider structures and modalities of how novels are created, and how these structures/elements can be used for choreographic composition in creative processes. Architecture will be used as a reference point from which to orient course research, and passages of the work will inform students composition. By sourcing language— metaphor, style, rhythm—from the novels studied, written and movement exercises will be derived from the content of these works, either structurally, linguistically, or thematically. Novels studied will include: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai, Homecoming by Yaa Gyassi, Bluets by Maggie Nelson, Veronica by Mary Gaitskill, The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa, and Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli.