Spring 2021

Performance In (and Out of) Place

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-252  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-342  |  Music, as MUSI-352  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-252


Wendy Woodson (Section 01)


(Offered as THDA 352, ARHA 252, FAMS 342 and MUSI 352) This course is 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 halls, the lecture hall, the page). In the first part of the semester we will experiment with different techniques for working together and for developing responses to different spaces. We will conduct a series of informal performance actions in numerous sites that are available to us, working with different media according to student interest and experience.  A special emphasis will be placed on considering issues of access when we make choices about where and how to perform and create work.  How can we encourage inclusive events that foster interaction and response with communities both near and far? What are possible relationships between art and community? How can we integrate important social and cultural issues into our art making?  How might we collaborate with and make work for sites we are distanced from?  What are crucial limitations to consider in creating site specific events, and how do we allow these limitations to inspire?  The semester will culminate in a series of public final projects developed throughout the semester for online and live viewing.

This course will be conducted in a hybrid format.  We will work in site-specific locations, including live sessions on and off campus with students who are in residence, supported by appropriate technology for remote interactions as needed.  Online-only participation will be available for those students who are not in residence.

Requisite: Previous experience in improvisation and/or composition in dance, theater, performance, film/video, music/sound, installation, creative writing, and/or design is required. Limited to 8 students. Spring semester. Professor Wendy Woodson and Resident Lighting Designer Kathy Couch.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: TBA Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
THDA 252 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:50 AM - 01:10 PM WEBS 117
Th 11:50 AM - 01:10 PM WEBS 117


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2021