Spring 2024

Solo Performance: Movement, Text, Sound, Video

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-355  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-355


Wendy Woodson (Section 01)


In this studio course, we will explore different skills and approaches towards creating solo performance. We will examine examples of historical and contemporary solo performances in theater, dance, video, music, radio plays, street, stand up and in political/social arenas to inform and ask what makes these effective (or not). We will use what we learn from these examples to inspire our own solo material. We will also develop additional techniques (through improvisational trial and error) that enliven and engage our different voices, stories, imaginations and emotions. An emphasis will be placed on exploring and crafting dynamic relationships within and between different media and modes of expression in order to create confident and compelling solo presentations for live and virtual arenas. We will consider the solo as both a personal vehicle of expression and as a means of giving voice to experiences of others. In the process of making compositional choices, we will consider the personal and social implications of these choices. The semester will culminate in public performances of final solos.

Requisite: Previous experience in performance and/or video--whether in the arts or public presentations in other disciplines/contexts. Open to juniors and seniors. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 10 students. Spring semester. Professor Woodson.

How to handle overenrollment: Course is open to juniors and seniors. Previous experience in performance, whether in the arts or in public presentations in other disciplines/contexts, is essential.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on artistic practice, improvisation, rehearsals and performance, group collaborations, movement, visual and aural analysis, written responses to performances and video viewing.

ARHA 355 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM WEBS G019
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM WEBS G019


Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Spring 2023, Spring 2024