Spring 2016

Performance in Place: Site Specific 

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-342  |  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, installations and/or videos 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 and events outside of traditional "frames" or venues (e.g., the theater, the gallery, the concert hall). In the first part of the semester we will experiment with different techniques for working together as an ensemble and developing responses to different spaces. 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.  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.

Class meetings TTh 1-2:20; 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.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2021