Space Design for Performance
Spring 2022 not offered
DANC 359, ENVS 359
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Integrated Design, Engineering & Applied Science Minor
In this course, students will study, construct, and deconstruct the performative space, whether in the theater or site-based, by analyzing the space as a context to be activated by the body of the performer and witnessed by an audience. Through practical assignments, the class will learn the aesthetic history of the theatrical event (considering plays, rituals, street parades, and digital performances, among others), while developing and discovering the student's own creative process (visual, kinetic, textual, etc.). Students will be guided through each step of the design process, including close reading, concept development, visual research, renderings or drawings, model making and drafting.
In this course, special emphasis is given to contemporary performance as a mode of understanding cultural processes as a relational system of engagement within our ecosystem, while looking at environmental and sustainable design, materials, and the environmental impacts of processing. Students will create and design performance spaces, while realizing scale models and drawings and integrating the notions of design and environmental principles and elements.
Students will have the opportunity to develop skills using 3D-drafting and 3D-modeling software.
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|Course Format: Studio
|Prerequisites: THEA105 OR THEA150 OR THEA185 OR ARST131 OR ARST190
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC-MN)(DANC)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(THEA)
Moodle readings handout
Theatre and performance design a reader in scenography edited by Jane Collins and Andrew Nisbet Routledge 2010
What is Scenography by Pamela Howard Routledge 2009
Installation Art in the New Millennium by Nicolas De Oliveira, Nicola Oxley & Michael Petry
Selected texts and plays
|Examinations and Assignments:
There will be three projects and one final project due during the course.
This course is intended for those with performance design interest and aims at guiding the students through the main areas of Scenic Design, from ideas to workshop drawings, from past to contemporary concepts and from developing a vision to working in collaborative mode. Students who have not met the prerequisite may get a prerequisite override by showing a portfolio.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
The Theater Department organizes a variety of performances for students enrolled in its courses. Field trips to see performances off campus are integrated into course syllabi. Instructors will notify students of all dates at the beginning of the semester and costs for all course field trips are covered (specifically, transportation to and from the performance and tickets). Any potential scheduling conflicts for field trips should be discussed with faculty members. Once students indicate that they are going and tickets are purchased, it is assumed they will attend. (Students backing out of field trips they had said they would attend will be asked to cover the cost of their ticket.) Performances of visitors to Wesleyan's Center for the Arts are integrated into course syllabi and students are required to attend these performances unless otherwise negotiated with instructors. Tickets for performances are available to students at the Box Office in Usdan at the reduced price of $6.00.
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