Honors Devised Performance Intensive Winter 2020

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This Winter Study course will act as an incubator for one or more Theatre Department productions led by students seeking a degree with Honors in Theatre, which are being developed as “devised” works. “Devised performance” is an umbrella term for ensemble-based approaches to making art using research, improvisation, and in-progress showings in a holistic, creative process to produce new and innovative performance work. By looking beyond the traditional roles, structures, and specializations of mainstream theater, today’s most compelling devised theater artists have sought out creative paradigms of shared responsibility, flattened hierarchies, and communication across disciplines. The ensemble or ensembles in question will be formed during the fall semester, begin their devising process during Winter Study and continue into the Spring Semester, with performances in the weeks following spring break. Students wishing to enroll in this Winter Study course may do so as members of the ensemble (which can involve work in acting, design, or technical and support roles) with permission of the instructor. Students may also participate in any of these various functions in the production, including acting, even if they do not choose to enroll in the Winter Study course. In addition to the normal activities associated with a devising process and the development of a new performance piece, students in the Winter Study course will participate in a work-in-progress showing, or produce a written paper or portfolio, in the last week of January documenting their work to date on the project.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: POI
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation
Prerequisites: permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: permission of instructor
Materials/Lab Fee: $15 and cost of books

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