All the World's a Stage
1 | 2 |
3 | 4 |
5 | 6 | 7
| 8 |
9 | 10 |
translate these principles into the classroom, the faculty of WAC
brings to the program a diverse wealth of experience and a global
perspective. Christopher Waterman -- chair of the department --
has, for example, focused his life's work on the popular arts of
sub-Saharan Africa and has conducted research on popular music of
the Yoruba people of Nigeria. Peter Nabokov teaches courses in vernacular
architecture, studying everyday structures in Native America and
South India rather than more obviously impressive edifices. Overall,
the department might best be described as eclectic, comprising scholars
in folklore, anthropology, political science, art history, art criticism,
choreography, dance ethnology, education and therapy.
overlap of dance and humanities also means that dance training in
WAC is regularly buttressed by serious attention to cultural context.
dance genres taught at WAC belong to cultural complexes that include
not only other arts, such as music, poetry, song, imagery and drama,
but also particular secular and sacred philosophies," WAC professor
Marta Savigliano explains. "We are committed to teaching our students
the historical, cultural and political background associated to
the dance techniques of their interest."
environment created by this loose set of shared principles and by
the focus on cultural context has been salutary in attracting dynamic
new humanities faculty who do not want to be confined by the traditional
walls inhibiting communication between fields of study. Virtually
all the new faculty identify themselves as misfits in their established
disciplines, and that's the way they like it.