Re: Computer Pedagogy in Dance Depts (nik)

Richard Povall (
Wed, 21 May 1997 13:55:03 -0400

>Some dance depts are looking to include computers, however. Dawn and my
>alma mater, California Institute of the Arts (just up the street from Nik)
>is doing a lot to make their dancers computer literate. Part of the dance
>school's basic curriculam now includes

I should add, too, that Oberlin is also doing all it can to expose dancers
to technology beyond the usual internet/work processing that all students
must do. We are offering workshops in dance/technology, and students must
address documentation issues, typically including the use of computer-based
video editing systems. My department, TIMARA (Technology in Music and
Related Arts) is trying to forge ever closer ties with the Dance/Theatre
Dept., and there is great interest from at least some of the dance majors
here - particularly in working closely with composers. With our heavy (and
growing) concentration on performance technologies, dance, and dancers are
becoming increasingly involved in using technologies in performance.

I'm sure there are other centres out there (CalArts and Simon Fraser, for
sure) doing this kind of work with students - students who will hopefully
soon be entering the "world" as performers and choreographers. Continuing
to provide these artists with the tools and financial impetus to continue
to pursue this work is probably the central issue here...


R i c h a r d P o v a l l
Assoc. Prof of Computer Music and New Media
MPO Box 0332 TIMARA/Studio 5
Oberlin, OH 44074-0332 USA Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Voice: +1.216.775.1016 Oberlin College
Fax: +1.216.775.8942 Oberlin, OH 44074 USA
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