THEA 350
Devised Performance: The Art of Embodied Inquiry
Last Offered Spring 2018
Division I
Cross-listed ARTS 250
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This studio course offers students hands-on experience in devising new performance work as an ensemble. Looking to the work of practitioners and collectives like Jerzy Grotowski, El Teatro Campesino, Tectonic Theater Project, Pina Bausch, Belarus Free Theatre, Nrityagram, and SITI Company, we will challenge ourselves to really probe what live performance is capable of. How might we think of performance as a research methodology? As a lifestyle? As a form of political action? This class will function as a laboratory, forming its own unique structure for developing and realizing a live performance. The course provides an opportunity to navigate the complex dynamics present in collaborative creation. Guest classes with practitioners will offer a fuller range of skills for the student ensemble to utilize during the devising process. Work-in-progress presentations spaced regularly throughout the semester will allow the ensemble to receive feedback from small, invited audiences, as well as the opportunity to apply that critique to an ongoing creative process. At the end of the semester the accumulated work will have a public presentation in a workshop format.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 14
Expected: 10
Class#: 3532
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, individual presentations, contribution to group work, self-evaluation; students will contribute to the creation and presentation, by the group as a whole, of a newly devised performance piece
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors and Art majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTS 250 Division I THEA 350 Division I

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