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. In addition, readings and videos will serve not only as a springboard for class discussion but also as a starting point for a final project. Folklore texts from a variety of cultures will provide a narrative framework for the creation of designs or performance pieces, allowing students to develop and adapt their ideas within established contexts.
Fall semester. Professors Dougan and Bashford.