COMP 104 Spring 2013 Critical Approaches to Theatre and Performance (D)

Cross Listed as THEA104
This introductory critical survey course will explore a variety of theatre and performance traditions from around the globe, from antiquity to the present day. Through close analysis of select texts and performance practices in a seminar format, the course will consider what role theatre plays in the establishment and growth of culture, politics, and aesthetics. Topics may include: Ancient Greek theatre, Classical Indian performance, Renaissance English theatre, Japanese Noh and Kabuki, popular American traditions, modern European theatre, and postmodern performance. Films and other media will be utilized when relevant. Regular in-class visits to the Williams College Museum of Art will occur, as well. This course meets the criteria of the Exploring Diversity Initiative as it engages in a cross-cultural investigation of performance and explores how theatre is deeply embedded in power relations.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: 5 structured writing&creative assignments based on thematic elements of the course, as well as a final "Company" performance; in-class participation, writing, & discussion
Additional Info: participation in all LABS; all students enrolled in the course are also required to attend the departmental theatre productions
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Theater majors and Comparative Literature majors
Department Notes: this course is a requirement for and is suggested as an introduction to the major in Theatre
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: PERF Interdepartmental Electives
Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 14
Class Number: 3528
COMP104-01(S) SEM Critcal Theatre&Performnce (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Amy S. Holzapfel
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM 62CtrThea&Dance Seminar Rm 167 3528
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