This course will explore the basic elements of performance as an art form, including the relationship between action and environment, time and space, and perception and memory on the stage. Students will attend a broad range of performances, from traditional theater and opera to contemporary dance and installation work, and explore the nature of performance and the audience experience in regular descriptive and analytical writing. Additional readings and other media will serve as a springboard for class discussion, and as potential starting points and/or narrative frameworks for the creation of designs or performance pieces, allowing students to develop ideas for a final project within established contexts. Required field trips.
Fall semester. Professors Dougan and Bashford.
If Overenrolled: For space and project reasons, we hope to limit each of the two sections to 12 students (24 total)