julia foulkes

Urban Choreography

This semester I’m teaching a new course. I’ve hesitated to teach about dance too directly, worried about scaring off students. I’ve usually chosen subterfuge, putting in articles or footage about dance into courses on New York, the 1930s, or the arts and social engagement. In Urban Choreography, however, dance has a more central place. We’re looking at Trisha Brown’s Man Walking Down the Side of the Building and Roof Piece (featured above); discussing Annie-B Parson’s prose-poem The Choreography of Everyday Life; and we’ll be moving with Andrew Suseno in Union Square. What is it that dance—both formal and informal—reveals about urban life?