How Can We Define Dance?

Watch the work Trio A choreographed by Yvonne Rainer in 1966.

Discuss what you see as happening in terms of what the dancer is doing, its placement in space—describe in detail what is happening in the dance.

Now that you have talked about the choreography of Trio A, offer a critical assessment of whether you perceive this work as dance. Why or why not?

Discuss what you notice about who is dancing, what body parts are engaged, quality of dance moves, relationship between dance and music. Does this dance form share any similarities to any of the other dance forms we have encountered this semester?

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