Dreams and Movement


Week 7: February 25 – March 2

Guest artist Angeline Young will join us for a discussion of dreams and their relationship to movement. This session will include a study of dancer/choreographer Liz Lehrman, as well as selections from the work of other dance artists. Students will record their dreams and begin development movement ideas for the final project.


Due Two Weeks: Thursday, March 10

1 – Project Hyperessay #1: Concept Statement / Narrative Overview

During the recess, your assignment is to write the Project Hyperessay #1: Concept Statement / Narrative Overview

For the first installment of the Project Hyperessay, write a concept statement and narrative overview that articulates your envisioning of the final project based on what we have learned and created in class so far this semester. At the mid-point in the semester, we now need to reflect on and synthesize the ideas we have been exploring and harvest their creative possibilities. From this harvest, each of you will gather  together ideas and formulate your own personal version of our final project: Touch.

See the Project Hyperessay page for additional details. Create a new category, “Project Hyperessay,” and assign it to this post.

2 – Micro-Project: Costume Design

The next step after conceptualising the idea and narrative of your description of the dance performance is to visualise your costume idea in sketch form, the costume that you will wear.

See Micro-Project: Costume Design for additional details.

3 – Preparation of Materials

It is necessary to have all textile, electronics, wearable, and sensor materials ready for the Materials Workshop on March 10th. And don’t forget we are back in B1-14 in ADM.  You will then begin construction of pieces for the final project.

Materials needed:

Fabrics: stretch knits, like lycra or neoprene, or any woven fabric like chiffon , organza or shamuses can be selected at the People’s Park, Chinatown.


Based on your design idea, can be selected from the local store SGBOTIC’s.
Here is their website http://www.sgbotic.com/ and their contact info:
11 Woodlands Close #10-03
Singapore 737853
Tel: (65)6570 1125

Contact Galina <GMihaleva@ntu.edu.sg> if you have any questions about the design of your costume and the materials. All students need to meet with Galina no later than Friday, February 26th in order to discuss your costume designs and how to best select materials and electronics. We will schedule appointments in class. Her office is: ADM 4-29


Research Critique: Dance Performance

Discussion of student research on the following two dance works:

Eiko & Koma, My Parents

Liz Aggiss/Billy Cowie/David Anderson’s groundbreaking dance for camera film, Motion Control

Liz Lehrman

Review of Choreographer Liz Lehrman’s Critical Response Process:


  • The artist offers a work-in-progress for review and feels prepared to question that work in a dialogue with other people.
  • One, a few, or many responders — committed to the artist’s intent to make excellent work — engage in the dialogue with the artist.
  • The facilitator, initiates each step, keeps the process on track, and works to help the artist and responders use the process to frame useful questions and responses.


The Critical Response Process takes place after a presentation of artistic work. Work can be short or long, large or small, and at any stage in its development.


  1. Statements of Meaning: Responders state what was meaningful, evocative, interesting, exciting, striking in the work they have just witnessed.
  1. Artist as Questioner: The artist asks questions about the work. After each question, the responders answer. Responders may express opinions if they are in direct response to the question asked and do not contain suggestions for changes.
  1. Neutral Questions: Responders ask neutral questions about the work. The artist responds. Questions are neutral when they do not have an opinion couched in them. For example, if you are discussing the lighting of a scene, “Why was it so dark?” is not a neutral question. “What ideas guided your choices about lighting?” is.
  1. Opinion Time: Responders state opinions, subject to permission from the artist. The usual form is “I have an opinion about ______, would you like to hear it?” The artist has the option to say no.

Micro-Project: Dream Journal

Discuss the Micro-Project: Dream Journal. See Micro-Project page for additional details. Share and discuss assignment posts and short video pieces. Review of video works reviewed on Angeline’s Website.

Review of statements of what students think the work of Angeline means or represents, and 1 question for the artist about the work. What is the role of personal narrative in these two films?

Grid Project

Students will work on an exercise using the grid to formulate and synthesize concepts related to the course and the final project: Touch. This will also be preparation for the Project Hyperessay #1: Concept Statement / Narrative Overview.

Assignments for March 10th (see above for additional details):

Project Hyperessay #1: Concept Statement / Narrative Overview

Discuss the first installment of the Project Hyperssay. See the Project Hyperessay page for additional details. Each student will work on a personal concept statement that will later be integrated into our final project.

Materials Preparation

Each student will prepare materials and electronics for the Materials Workshop on March 10. We will have a short discussion of costume ideas including a look at dance images from Angeline’s collection.