“The dance is the movement of longing, the will to action, the wish for an affirmation to life” – Mary Wigman, 1932.
This course introduces dance as a performative art that serves as a reflection of individual expression, cultural identity, and social conflict. By exploring the San Francisco dance environs, we will learn that dance not only echoes particular values and aesthetics, but also has the potential to re-imagine and subvert those ideals. We will be dancing in the studio, reading articles about dance, studying with San Francisco dancer/choreographers, and attending city dance performances. Over the course of the semester, we will learn about the diversity of dance forms, concepts in dance theory, and social/political issues that impact the making of dance.
Katie Faulkner is a Bay Area choreographer, performer, filmmaker and teacher. She has performed the works of Bill T. Jones, Randee Paufve, Stephen Petronio, June Watanabe, Victoria Marks, Kim Epifano, Ann Carlson, and Susan Rethorst. She has worked with several of these choreographers as a dancer with AXIS Dance Company, with whom she performed from 2003-2007. In 2006 she founded the little seismic dance company. Since its inception, Faulkner has received support in the form of numerous commissions, residencies, and awards. She was artist-in-residence at ODC Theater from 2009-2011, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She has received Isadora Duncan Dance Awards (Izzies) in Choreography, Performance, and for her 2008 dance film, LOOM. In 2011 she received the top prize in the Joyce Theater A.W.A.R.D. Show!/San Francisco competition as well as the San Francisco Bay Guardian GOLDIE Award for dance.