Space and Materiality: Performing Place|
Fall 2016 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 hands-on 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 in four units: (1) site-specific interventions; (2) street performance; (3) immersive theater; and (4) theatrical apparatus. Each unit includes scholarly readings, assignments in performance and scenography, and a response paper. The final project for the course is a performance intervention devised for a particular site on campus that demonstrates the student's cumulative grasp of site specificity, scenography, and materiality.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)
Elaine Aston and Bryan Reynolds, eds., PERFORMING SITE-SPECIFIC THEATRE POLITICS, PLACE AND PRACTICE, Palgrave, 2012.
Jan Cohen-Cruz, ed., RADICAL STREET PERFORMANCE, AN INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY, Routledge 2013
Selected articles and artist work.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class participation and attendance 20%, Readings 30%, Practical Assignments 30%. Final project 20%