Space and Materiality: Performing Place|
Summer 2021 not offered
Scenography explores and shapes the material world in and through the performative event. In site-specific performances, it transforms place and time to create an alternative reality in which the materiality of the artistic design and the performer's body intervene in the architecture of a place and the spectator's reception of meaning. In this course, we will study site interventions through the lens of street performance, immersive theater, and the theatrical apparatus to build a theoretical and direct understanding of the material potential and limitations of the four key elements involved in the scenographic project -- artistic design, the actor's body, local architecture, and time.
This course is divided into three units: (1) site-specific; (2) street performance; and (3) immersive theater. Each unit includes scholarly readings, assignments in performance and scenography, and specific showings. There will be two written responses for the course (5-to-7-page papers) on two of the works experienced at the festival that demonstrate the student's cumulative grasp of site specificity, scenography, and materiality. There will also be a final media journal showing.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)
Erika Fischer-Lichte, THE ROUTLEDGE INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES, ISBN-13: 978-0415504201
|Examinations and Assignments: |
1. Daily homework (media journal entry, performance attendance, and readings); be prepared for class on time. 2. Reading responses; a total of two (3 to 7 pages, double spaced, MLA style of citations. 3. Media journal presentation/sharing (blog, video, etc)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Blend of synchronous class time meetings and asynchronous work
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