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Studio Seminar in Art and the Public Sphere — Choreographing the City

Prerequisites: 
UG: 4.301 or 4.302; 4.307; 4.312 or permission of instructor; G: 4.307; 4.312 or permission of instructor
Lab Fee: 
Per-term $75 fee after Add Date; SMACT students are exempt
Enrollment: 
Limited to 12

How can insights from choreography inform more just and equitable ways of urban planning? In what ways can choreography help us to decolonize the urban landscape? How can choreography make us attentive to a community’s emotional, cultural and corporeal memory? How can dance, as a three-dimensional bodily practice, help us to move beyond scripted spaces and codified routes? These are the questions we tackle in Choreographing the City, a course developed with Theatrum Mundi, prof. Richard Sennett and CAST-supported MIT visiting artist and choreographer Dr. Adesola Akinleye.

Both choreography and planning organize time and space to shape movement; both emerge through practice and experience; and both have physical and social outputs as well as constraints. Looking at the interdependencies of these terms, this class will generate an interdisciplinary dialogue between choreographic and spatial practices. Through readings, group discussions and creative practices, the class participants will mobilize choreography as an epistemological tool in order to 1) expose the colonial remnants on which the city rests, 2) emphasize the climate-induced changing structures of the city, and 3) open up pathways towards a decolonized and fair urban commonwealth.

Additional work required of students taking graduate version.