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All The World's A Stage: Global directing and social/political points of view
Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-152
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Charlotte L. Brathwaite (Section 01)
In this course we will look at specific repertoire from international creators of theater, opera and dance. The goal of this class is to have students examine diverse storytelling and directorial standpoints, uncovering what is necessary to tell a story in different societal/historical climates and why. How do cultural shifts and social values evolve and reflect the contemporary theatrical spectrum and more specifically the work of your contemporaries and YOU? We will discuss specific cultural/political shifts that have inspired the work of such international artists as Peter Sellars (US), Pina Bausch (Germany), Eugenio Barba (Italy), Tadeusz Kantor (Poland), Augusto Boal (Brazil), Rimini Protokoll (Germany), Deborah Warner (UK), Calixto Bieto (Spain), Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Ratan Thiyam (India), Peter Brook (UK), Ping Chong (US/CAN), Robert Le Page (CAN), Francesca Zambello (US), and others.In class, readings, screenings and guest directors will help us understand the role of the director as interpreter, verbal imagist, author of the action and ultimately an artist who finds inspiration in the contradictions of the world.
Spring Semester. Visiting Professor Brathwaite.