Module code: DAN2027

Module Overview

This is a course of directed reading, video/dvd-based choreographic analysis and weekly discussions. Students will be challenged to research the interrelationship between choreographic practice, the body as archive, oral history, dance documentation and reconstruction. Among the recurring themes of the module will be the following: the body and history, archive and cultural memory, choreographic process and resources.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W520

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

DAN1016 & DAN1017

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • The Origins of Ballet: From Court Dance to Imperialism

  • Serge Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes’

  • Expressionist Dance in Germany: Kurt Jooss, Mary Wigman and Rudolf Laban

  • Modern Dance in the US: From Denishawn to Cunningham

  • Postmodern Dance and Dance Theatre

  • Contemporary Dance and Cross-Cultural Performance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2500 WORDS) 50

Alternative Assessment

Creative Portfolio and 2000 word essay.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • An understanding of key methods in dance historiography encountered in weekly archival research assignments and seminar discussions

  • Work independently towards their group presentations

  • Research, writing and archival skills

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Group Presentation (10 minutes) (50%):: Discussion of 1-2 primary sources from NRCD archive (Week 8)

  • Essay (2500 words) (50%): Research essay based on historical analysis of 1-2 primary sources from the NRCD archive (Week 12)

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 8 & 12

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative Assessment is provided in verbal feedback during workshop discussions and via SurreyLearn. Small writing tasks and weekly study questions also feedback on student progress throughout.

Module aims

  • Introduce students to archival research and historical analysis of choreographic practices past and present
  • Consider dance and its relationship to history and cultural memory
  • Embed dvd-based analysis, independent research and choreographic skills to facilitate an integrated understanding of the relevance of historical research for contemporary choreographic practice

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Display critical understanding of the relevance of historical methods for choreographic analysis
2 Work collaboratively towards an oral presentation based on independent historical research
3 Demonstrate critical awareness of current historical debates on archive, documentation, reconstruction and re-enactment
4 Demonstrate an awareness of historiography and its methods based on the analysis of course material and evidenced by the written essay

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 22

Independent Study Hours: 84

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • underline the contextual research and critical analysis strand of the programme strengthening their skills towards independent scholarship and research, but also informing their dance pedagogy, choreography and arts management skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lecture/Seminar (2 hours x 11 weeks)

  • Self-directed choreographic analysis, independent reading and archival research

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.