Latin American Theater and Performance|
Fall 2020 not offered
LAST 266, THEA 297|
This course will focus on the history, theory, and practice of theater and performance in Latin America in the 20th century. We will be particularly interested in the intercultural aspects of Latin American theater and performance that have reinvented and reinvigorated European dramatic forms through their constant interaction with non-Western cultural expressions in the Americas. We will examine a wide variety of performance practices, including avant-garde theater, community theater, street performance and agitprop, solo, and collective theater. The syllabus is loosely organized in a chronological fashion, structured more importantly around critical themes in Latin American history, culture, and society in the 20th century. We will take as our primary source material both readings and video recordings, when available, that will be supplemented by a wide variety of historical, critical, and theoretical background readings, including texts written by theater practitioners, theorists, and critics.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HISP)(LAST)(RMST)(THEA)
Texts and videos of performances including:
Rodolfo Usigli, El gesticulador
José Triana, Noche de los asesinos
Enrique Buenaventura, Los papeles del infierno
CADA, No +
Yuyachkani, Adiós Ayacucho
Catalinas Sur, El Fulgor de Buenos Aires
Theoretical readings include works by Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner, Joseph Roach, Peter Weiss and Burt States, among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Course requirements include: active participation in class discussions and exercises; one 10-minute presentation based on the course's secondary reading materials; weekly reading notes (300-500 words); midterm and final exam, consisting of short answer identifications and essay questions; and a 6-8 page final essay on any Latin American play or performance.
Reading Notes: 10%
Mid Term Exam: 15%
Final Exam: 15%
Final Paper: 30%
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
SPAN 279 is intended for students who have completed SPAN 221 with a B- or better. Students who have not done so should consult with the professor before preregistering. Readings, written assignments, and class discussions will be in Spanish. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. Reading and writing are the best ways for adult learners to improve their spoken Spanish. You will therefore improve all of your language skills in this course.
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