Acts of the Imagination: Exploring Creativity through Improvisation and Play
This seminar will explore methods and techniques of improvisation and play as applied to the creation of dance theater. Students who take this seminar should be open to immersing their playful selves in creative games, experiments, and improvisations that use the body and the voice. This course is for anyone who loves to move and challenge themselves to solve problems with creative solutions. We will explore the movement and theatrical potential of the body using traditional and experimental techniques of dance improvisation. The seminar includes a field trip to New York City for a performance.
Julia Ritter (PhD. Texas Woman’s University) is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University and serves as Chair and Artistic Director of the Dance Department. Julia is the founder and artistic director of Julia Ritter Performance Group, a non-profit organization that performs nationally and internationally. Julia has presented her dance projects and taught as a master teacher internationally in Russia, Germany, Brazil, Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada, Mexico and the Czech Republic and at many venues in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. She has been awarded three prestigious Fulbright Awards by the United States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. In 2008, Julia received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to teach and choreograph in Turkey and in 2002 and 2005 she was awarded Fulbright awards for her creative work in Germany. Julia was the recipient of a 2004 Choreographic Fellowship for artistic excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.