Dancing Culture Religion

“Dancing Culture Religion” is an online version of the course I regularly teach at the University of Colorado.  There are some important differences.  When I teach the course “live” I include one hour of dancing for every two hours in the classroom.  To adjust for the absence of physical dancing in this online version, I present all the lectures as video podcasts with ample images and video clips to extend beyond just “talking” about “dancing.”  Complementing the video podcasts are PDFs of the lectures.  There are often significant differences between the video podcasts and the print form of the lectures; they complement one another.  Readings to supplement the lectures are provided.

Complementing this course is my Dancing Culture Religion (2012).  View

Dancing Culture Religion Lectures

VPC = Video Podcast           PDF = Text
  1. Intro to Sam & Lecture/Course Overview (26:10)  VPC  Optional and a bit out of date (need an emoji here!).

Section 1:  Placing Dancing in the Context of Popular Western Cultures

  1. Contemporary American Folk Theories of Dancing—Part 1 (19:04) VPC PDF
  2. Contemporary American Folk Theories of Dancing—Part 2 (36:23)  VPC PDF
  3. Contemporary American Folk Theories of Dancing—Part 3 (32:53)  VPC PDF
  4. Contemporary American Folk Theories of Dancing—Part 4 (37:07)  VPC PDF
  5. Christian and Western “High Culture” Perspectives on Dancing (35:19)  VPC PDF
  6. Dancing in Public Education (39:08)  VPC PDF
  7. Dancing in University Education (22:36)  VPC PDF
  8. Dancing in America … or Not (22:23)  VPC PDF
  9. The Importance of Dancing to World Religions and Cultures (21:25)  VPC PDF

Section 2: Moving

  1. Dancing is Moving, but not all Moving is Dancing (25:26)  VPC PDF  Johnson, Meaning of the Body, pp. 1-15  PDF
  2. Primacy of Movement (15:43) VPC PDF  Sheets-Johnstone, Primacy of Movement, pp. 131-39, PDF, 232-46  PDF
  3. Kinesthetic Sense—The Dancer’s Sense (19:49)  VPC PDF
  4. Movement and Perception (10:28)  VPC PDF  Johnson, pp. 19-32  PDF
  5. Demanding Self-movement: the Key to Acuity (29:01)  VPC PDF
  6. Movement “In Itself” (9:54)  VPC PDF   Johnson, pp. 113-34   PDF
  7. Movement & Meaning (18:12)  VPC PDF  Johnson, pp. 135-54   PDF
  8. Breakin’ and Ballet (45:00)  VPC PDF
  9. I’d rather Throw like a Girl than Dance like a Guy (25:47)  VPC PDF
  10. Movement, Plasticity, and Life Cycle (8:54)  VPC PDF
  11. Moving and Dancing, Dancing and Gesturing (10:30)  VPC PDF

Section 3: Gesturing

  1. Gesture, Visible Action as Utterance (10:06)  VPC PDF
  2. Gesture and Agency, Dancing as Gesturing (19:11)  VPC PDF
  3. Dancing as Techniques of Body:  Marcel Mauss (9:36)  VPC PDF
  4. Dancing the Other: Body as Instrument—André Leroi-Gourhan 1 (18:39)  VPC PDF
  5. Dancing the Other—André Leroi-Gourhan 2 (18:39)  VPC PDF
  6. “They Jump Up of Themselves” Gesture & Identity in Central Australia 1 (29:01)  VPC PDF
  7. “They Jump Up of Themselves” Gesture & Identity in Central Australia 2 (31:01)  VPC PDF
  8. Gesturing and Touching (24:21)  VPC PDF
  9. The Neuroscience of Touching and Gesturing (11:42)  VPC PDF
  10. Dancing and the Survival of Men (37:39)   VPC PDF
  11. Touching & Gesturing:  Dance Contributions to Teen Development (4:42)  VPC PDF  Gill, “Touch and SalsAmigos Dancing”  PDF

Section 4: Self-Othering

  1. Dancing as Self-Othering – 1:  Javanese Wayang Kulit  (32:10)  VPC PDF   Miettinen, pp. 75-87   PDF
  2. Dancing as Self-Othering  – 2:  Javanese Classical Dancing  (13:57)  VPC PDF  Miettinen, pp. 88-91  PDF
  3. Dancing as Self-Othering  – 3:  Merleau-Ponty’s “Flesh Ontology”  (23:24)  VPC PDF
  4. Dancing as Self-Othering  – 4:  Understanding Dancing  (36:46)  VPC PDF
  5. Dancing as Self-Othering  – 5:  Reflections on Java  (13:37)  VPC PDF

Section 5: Playing

  1. Play – 1: Nataraja Hindu Lord of Dancing (12:09)  VPC PDF   Coomaraswami, pp. 66-78  PDF
  2. Play – 2: Friedrich Schiller (19:17)  VPC PDF
  3. Play – 3: Hans-Georg Gadamer (12:04)  VPC PDF
  4. Play – 4: Jacques Derrida (20:45) VPC PDF
  5. Play – 5: Lila, Nataraja, and Dancing as Play (22:04)  VPC PDF  Handelman, pp.  1-13   PDF
  6. Go Up Into the Gaps: Play and Native American Religions – 1  (11:21)  VPC PDF
  7. Go Up Into the Gaps: Play and Native American Religions – 2  (24:18)  VPC PDF
  8. Go Up Into the Gaps: Play and Native American Religions – 3  (24:46)  VPC PDF

Section 6: Seducing

  1. Dancing as Seduction – 1:  Bolero (28:55)  VPC PDF   Aparisio, pp. 69-82  PDF
  2. Dancing as Seduction – 2: Baudrillard (32:23) VPC PDF
  3. Dancing as Seduction – 3: Aura (26:03) VPC PDF
  4. Dancing as Seduction – 4: Feminine (26:55)  VPC PDF

Section 7: Making

  1. Dancing as Making – 1: Proprioception (32:46)  VPC PDF
  2. Dancing as Making – 2: Seduction (9:22)  VPC PDF
  3. Dancing as Making – 3: Pure Depth (37:34) VPC PDF
  4. Dancing as Making – 4 (23:14) VPC PDF

 

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