Visiting Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies
As visiting assistant professor of Critical Dance Studies at Hampshire College and The Five College Dance Department, Dr. Chapman will teach courses that blur the boundaries between the studio and the seminar room, practice, and theory. Her research and teaching in critical dance studies engage performance studies, ethnography, African diaspora theory, black feminism, and the queer Caribbean.
An Introduction to Moving and Making in Context: Dancing Modern 1 is a beginning level modern dance course, which will introduce students to "modern" and "contemporary" dance practices. Establishing the studio as a laboratory, students will be invited to embody a wide variety of movement sequences designed to bring attention to the body's capacity for articulation, spatial awareness, musicality, interpretation and personal expression. This exploration of dance technique will be bolstered by experiments with improvisational and dance-making processes, alongside the research of historical and social contexts relevant to the development of the art form. Students will learn to read, discuss and write about the live and recorded choreographic works we will view over the course of the semester. Ultimately, we will direct our collective openness and commitment to growing acquainted with our expressive bodies in motion, physical and intellectual rigor, the development of dance literacy, and use of the written word as a way to record and process various aspects of embodied experience. No previous dance experience is necessary.