Photo credit: Keith Muccilli
“Dancers develop their ability to be conscious of where their body is, where it wants to go, to be able to differentiate between actions,” Caspersen says. “In the field of conflict resolution, you’re also making these decisions of where you’re putting your attention. How do I create situations where people are more likely to step into a conversation or an interaction where they’re focused on interests rather than strategies?”
Rutgers Community Arts in partnership with the Dance Department is again running a six-week synchronous remote course with Dana Caspersen, award-winning artist, conflict specialist, and author of Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution. Caspersen’s course guides students to explore how the artistic tools employed by choreographic thinkers can be used in conjunction with practices and principles from the field of conflict resolution toward the creation of participatory events spanning a wide range of human activities. The skills learned in this course can be applied to the generation of multiple types of interactive events, including the works of live performance, as well as public interventions, dialogue, or demonstrations intended to foster social justice. No dance experience or physical skill required.
This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students for 2 credits, and is available as a non-credit course to the public as well as Rutgers faculty and staff.
March 22–May 3, 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. via ZOOM
50% deposit required at time of registration.
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Tuition (non-credit option): $850
Tuition (non-credit option): $1,000
Current students may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.