Dance Course Prescriptions – HSC 2015–2017
Core Appreciation consists of the study of TWO prescribed artists and TWO prescribed works.
Prescribed artists, prescribed works and rubrics may be changed in total or in part every three to five years.
- Fine Line : Film by Sue Healey (2003)
Fine Line : Film (duration 9 minutes) is part of Sue Healey’s Niche Series.
- Sarabande by Jiri Kylian (1990)
Sarabande (duration 20 minutes) premiered in 1990 with Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1). It was recorded in 1995 (Dir. Hans Hulscher).
In Core Appreciation, students study two prescribed artists/works within their socio-cultural-historic context. Students use the skills of analysis as they study the distinguishing characteristics of each prescribed work, resulting in a critical interpretation and evaluation of the works. They consider each work as the communication of the choreographer’s ideas and as a reflection of the society from which it emerged. The works also provide a vehicle for students to write about dance as an artform.
The Core Appreciation study includes the above rubric in conjunction with the outcomes and content on pages 27–29 of the Dance Stage 6 Syllabus.
Major Study Appreciation
Major Study Appreciation consists of the study of:
- ONE mandatory seminal work
- ONE prescribed era and TWO prescribed artists chosen from two options.
1. Mandatory seminal work
Appartement (2000) Mats Ek
A seminal work is a dance work of art that has significantly influenced how dance, as an artform, is perceived. In studying the seminal work, students consider a thorough analysis of the work within its socio-cultural-historic context in order to understand the ideas communicated by the choreographer. This analysis is then used to make evaluations and judgements about the seminal work and its contributions to the development of dance as an artform.
Study of the mandatory seminal work includes the above rubric in conjunction with the outcomes and content on pages 35–37 of the Dance Stage 6 Syllabus.
2. Prescribed eras and artists
A – 1960s – 1980s – Pina Bausch/Twyla Tharp
B – 1990 – present – Akram Khan/Ohad Naharin
This area of study explores the contribution of seminal artists to their era and their influence on dance as an artform. In the chosen era, the focus is on significant developments in dance within the era that relate to a developmental aspect of dance as an artform. This includes the relationship between the artists and the social, cultural and historical contexts in which they worked within the chosen era.
In this area of study, students consider the prescribed artists’ significance to the development of dance and their contribution to an understanding of dance as an artform within the chosen era.
Students also consider how and why the prescribed artists and their work are recognised as seminal within the chosen era.
Study of prescribed eras and prescribed artists includes the above rubrics in conjunction with the outcomes and content on pages 35–37 of the Dance Stage 6 Syllabus.