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Reimagine: Life, Loss, & Love
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Choreographing the Dance of Death

Choreographing the Dance of Death
Face down Death with your own household duo dance—seductive, threatening, or playful—that you’ll get to perform for others. And just maybe ... change your relationship with Death.

You’ve heard of the Dance of Death--seen the woodcuts, loved the movie Coco, or maybe even read Chaucer back in college English. Here's your chance to actually choreograph it! (And maybe even change the way you think about death.)

The Dance of Death was an allegory that—rich or poor, highborn or low—Death would come for you. Though the Black Death, famine, and war felled between 30 and 60 percent of the population of Europe during the 14th century, the proposition remains true. No one escapes.

This workshop will give you a smattering of the rich visual, poetic, and musical traditions of the Dance of Death, and set the stage for your own choreography—whether seductive, threatening, or playful. Then we’ll let you loose to make the Dance. Register with a household partner!

With a friend or family member, you’ll make iconic bits of choreography, tableaux, and placards for your choreography. You’ll then have the chance to show your choreography in a breakout room with other pairs and finally to post your tableaux for everyone.


Design+Tech Movement & Dance Ritual & Ceremony Performance Visual Art Workshop