Spring 2013

Performance in Place: Site Specific 

Listed in: Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-342  |  Music, as MUSI-352  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-352


Wendy Woodson (Section 01)


(Offered as THDA 352, FAMS 342 and MUSI 352.)  The focus of this studio course will be to create performances, events, happenings and installations in multiple locations both on and off campus.  This course is especially designed for students in dance, theater, film/video, art, music and creative writing who want to explore the challenges and potentials in creating performances outside of traditional "frames" or venues (e.g., the theater, the gallery, the lecture hall, etc.). At the center of our inquiry will be questions of space, place and community.  In the first few weeks of the semester we will tour different sites and research multiple historical and contemporary examples of site-specific performances and artists across media. We will then select different sites--based on student interest and location access--and spend the rest of the semester creating events/performances on site.  Students will work in collaborative teams to create these performances for these places.  Interaction with communities at these sites will also be explored, connecting the artistic work to community engagement and raising awareness of the issues and ethics involved in site-specific performance. These projects will be performed in process and at the end of the semester in a three-day festival. Different guest artists in dance, theater, art, sound and political activism will join the class and work with designated groups.

Class meeting Fridays 1-4; outside rehearsal/lab sessions TBA

Requisite: Previous experience in improvisation and/or composition in dance, theater, performance, film/video, music/sound, installation, creative writing, and/or design is required. Spring semester.  Professor Woodson with Guest Artists.


Artistic practice, Community based learning, Research attentive, Writing attentive, Speaking attentive


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013