Spring 2020

Sound, Movement, and Text: Interactions and Collaborations

Listed in: English, as ENGL-223  |  Music, as MUSI-255  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-255


Ron Bashford (Section 01)
Jake M. Meginsky (Section 01)
Wendy Woodson (Section 01)


(Offered as THDA 255, ENGL 223, and MUSI 255) This studio course is designed as an interactive laboratory for dancers, composers, actors, writers/poets, vocalists, and sound artists to work together to create meaningful interactions between sound, movement, and text. Working individually and in collaborative groups, students will create original material in the various media and experiment with multiple ways to craft interesting exchanges and dialogues between word, sound, and movement or to create hybrid forms. The emphasis in the course will be to work with exercises and structures that engender deep listening, looking, and imagining. Some of the questions that inform the course include: How do music, voices, electronic, digital, and natural sounds create a sonic world for live performance and vice versa? How can movement inform the writing of text and vice-versa? How can we successfully communicate and collaborate across and between the different languages of sounds, words, and movement? We will have a series of informal studio performances, events, and installations throughout the semester with a culminating final showing/listening at the end of the semester.

Requisite: Previous experience in composition in one or more of the central media, or consent of the instructors. Limited to 16 students. Spring semester. Professor Woodson and Visiting Lecturer Meginsky.

If Overenrolled: Priority given first to majors in theater and dance, music, and English, then to others with experience in these media.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020