CHOREOGRAPHY I: SOLO PROJECT - 2020/1
Module code: DAN1013
This course introduces students to process-based choreography that is informed by relevant readings and an understanding of the broader context of choreography in contemporary dance today, which includes the integration of theory and improvisational practices. Students learn different methods of devising, creating and approaching choreography, both in its traditional form, constructing work in consideration of form, movement, location, and sound with particular concern for solo work. The study activities in the course aim to facilitate a reflective learning approach to making dance, while at the same time introducing students to foundational principles of dance composition and choreographic thinking.
Guildford School of Acting
EHRENBERG Shantel (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: W510
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
What is Choreography?
Improvisation and Movement Appropriation
Repetition and the Habitual
Sound and Silence
Solo work in process
Choreography and Props
Exploring Kinaesthetic and Visual Impulse
Choreography and Semiotics.
Assessment of solo work
Assessment Reflective Submission
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Practical based assessment||SOLO CHOREOGRAPHY||60|
Reflective submission (equivalent of 3000 word essay)
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
· students’ abilities to apply approaches covered in the module and develop choreographic thinking, at an introductory level.
· designing a clear conceptual framework evidenced by students’ solo performance
· knowledge as a reflective practitioner
· ability to integrate theory and practice and give evidence to parts of their choreographic process and critical self-reflection and contextualisation
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· Solo Choreography (60%): Students will show their final piece (3-5 min) in an assessed showing set up by the module convener in class time. Feedback will be recorded by 2 assessors (including the module convener) and marks agreed in a meeting directly after the showing of all students for that particular day. Students will be sent feedback once all student marks for the whole cohort are agreed (Week 11)
· Reflective Documentation (40%): Students will submit source material on SurreyLearn (scanned material also accepted as part of the portfolio, in the case of students who want to hand write or draw for instance, and video also accepted, but it MUST accompany written or spoken reflection to contextualise the whole) (Week 12)
Week 11 & 12
Formative assessment and feedback
· In-class discussion of the solo work will provide convener and peer group feedback.
· Sharing of the reflective submission via Surrey Learn mid-semester for convener feedback.
· Tutorials to allow students to show work, discuss their solo composition, and get feedback on their reflective work to that point.
- Share basic concepts and compositional principles of choreography, especially in making solo work, including improvisation and integrating theory
- Contextualise choreographic practice in relation to relevant readings and other choreographers' works (past and present)
- Introduce different tools, methods and processes of developing, documenting and presenting an embodied creative process
- Engage in digital practices for reflecting on and documenting choreographic processes
|001||Understand the basic principles of dance composition in solo choreography||KCP|
|002||Develop a critical understanding of the context for contemporary choreography and making solo work in relation to that||KCP|
|003||Document one's creative practice and track the key phases of development of one’s ideas and stimuli for solo choreography||KCPT|
|004||Develop reflective skills in order to articulate one's own creative process||CPT|
|005||Demonstrate the ability to create a personal choreographic portfolio online by using digital media||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 106
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
introduce students to different approaches towards choreography in a contemporary dance context
develop a broader understanding of choreography exploring theoretical ideas in a choreographic context and their own constructed subjectivity in a range of choreographic processes
provide learning and understanding about other choreographers’ processes and the variety of ways that choreographic practice and choreography have been influenced by a broad range of contemporary dance aesthetics
The learning and teaching methods include:
2 hour practical studio sessions
weekly assigned readings and viewings (guided and independent)
weekly assigned independent study and choreography tasks
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 for CHOREOGRAPHY I: SOLO PROJECT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/dan1013
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 2020/1 academic year.