Spring 2014
DANC 4485 "Global Corporeality: Collaborative Choreography in Digital Space" - 3 credits
Callous Physical Theatre

"Waiting for inspiration is a waste of time. Artists work. Working the work will inspire the inspiration."
- Joséphine A. Garibaldi

Explore various techniques and processes used to create movement studies and choreographic work at an intermediate/advanced level. Students continue to explore improvisational processes based in the Elements of Movement. Students present their work in a concert at the end of the semester. PREREQ: DANC 2210 and THEA 3300. BY INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION.

Through the process of choreographic devising, students at ISU will collaborate with students at the Latvian Academy of Culture to create a dance performance work in an online.

Students will:

  • Learn techniques of devising to create an evening length work;
  • Practice the phases of Creativity as put forward by Abbs - Impulse through to Evaluation - to create a dance performance work in an online environment;
  • Practice the role of director/facilitator to apply devising techniques;
  • Practice the role of performer/creator to respond to devising prompts;
  • Learn the technology of working in an online environment to create meaningful art works;
  • Learn effective strageties and techniques to work collaboratively;
  • Develop observational skills when viewing dance as an art form.
  • Develop critical thinking skills through the exchange of ideas and through the discussion of each others work.
  • Be responsible to the group as dancer, performer, choreographer, colleague, teacher and student supporting a safe environment from which to work, willing to attempt new and challenging activities without fear of failure while being supportive of and responsive to your classmates.

Oddey, Allison. Devising Theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook. NY: Routledge, 2010.
ISBN: 978-0-415-04900-9

Popat, Sita. Invisitble Connections: Dance, Choreography and Internet Communities. NY: Routledge, 2005

Additional Readings. You must be a member of the GoogleGroups community and Drive in order to have access to this file.


1. Documentation. This includes google.docs, Google Hangouts, posting in our Google Community "Collaborative Choreography in Digital Space", journaling, photo/video images, scoring, scratch paper, etc. Copious documentation.

2. Collaborative Process. This will be measured by self-, co-, and Jo- assessments.

3. Weekly updates. In addition to our weekly interactive session, Jo will meet with ISU students through Google Hangouts once a week.

4. Devising Techniques. Throughout the semester you will be given assignments/studies to practice different devising techniques. For these assingments, you will either assume the role of director/facilitator or performer/creator.

5. Creative Problem Solving. This will be measured by self-, co-, and Jo- assessments.

6. Critical/Mindful Discussion. This will be measured by self-, co-, and Jo- assessments.

7. Production Logistics. This will be measured by self-, co-, and Jo- assessments.

8. Honor your deadlines.

9. Conduct out of class rehearsals. Space has been reserved for you: M-F 8 am-12 pm Red Hill 101.

10. Final live streaming performance - Tenatively scheduled Mon. 12 May 2014 in Transitions student gallery of the SUB, 8:30 am -12:00 pm.

Please note: I reserve the right to modify the syllabus as appropriate to course goals and objectives. You will always be notified well in advance of any changes made. - JG
Documentation 100
Collaborative Process 50
Devising Techniques 50
Creative Problem Solving 50
Critical/Mindful Discussion 50
Technology/Production Logistics 100
Total 400
400-360 = A
359-320 = B
319-280 = C
279-240 = D
239-000 = F
A=exceptional work, demonstrating consistently excellent performance in terms of skill, growth, participation, attendance, theoretical and aesthetic understanding.
B= very good to outstanding work most of the time demonstrating a high degree of excellence in performance in terms of skill, growth, participation, attendance, theoretical and aesthetic understanding, particularly as the term progresses.
C=fundamental mastery of skill, steady growth, good participation, appropriate attendance, basic theoretical and aesthetic understanding.
D=performance marred by lapses in attendance, attention, attitude or missing course work.
F=performance interrupted by significant absence or failure to complete expected course work.