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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

The Stage Life of Props: An Interactive Workshop Learning and Discussing How to Utilize Props in Dance and in Art Related Performances

Have you ever considered a prop to be more than what it appears? Do props have character? Props in theater and dance can have a life of their own. Props have significance in peopleís thoughts, memories, and ideals. Alwin Nikolais, Momix, Plasticene, The Joe Goode Performance Group, and Keigwin & Company, are a few examples of companies and choreographers that have works that incorporate props. These creators have inspired me to delve into the world of prop-based choreographies and to investigate the choreographic process of incorporating props, and analyzing props as active participants embodying the same roles as performers. For this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work with a variety of props and learn how to manipulate them in a variety of ways. We will also create short works using props as well as learn an excerpt from my thesis prop-based performance. Culminating discussion will explore the significance of propís use in dance and theatrical performance.

Presenter: Madia Cooper (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Strasser Dance Studio- Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)

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