The Interactive Gateway curriculum is designed for High School students and consists of 8 comprehensive lessons plans exploring the art and culture of the 1960s. In the lessons, students learn about 1960s choreographers Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Deborah Hay, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Anna Halprin and their choreographic devices. Students will improvise and choreograph dances structured by chance methods, sports, games, political issues, surroundings, everyday gestures and the manipulation of objects. Through these investigations students realize that in the 1960s, dance was redefined to include everyday people, everyday movement, indeterminacy, and alternative spaces.
Teachers may adapt the Interactive Gateway curriculum as is necessary based on their students interests and school schedules. For teachers interested in using the curriculum, a Teachers Guide consisting of additional literature, teaching notes, historical synopsis, 1960s music and performance and process DVDs is available. To receive the Interactive Gateway Teachers Guide contact Dr. Mila Parrish at MilaLParrish@gmail.com