COURSES AND WORKSHOPS


PERFORMANCE AND PUBLIC SPACE

What is public space? What is its function? Who uses it? What activities take place there? What is encouraged and what is discouraged? What is seen and what is hidden? Performance is about relationships, and so this course is especially concerned with our own relationship to public space, both as individuals and as members of communities, as well as how space shapes our relationships with one another. Taking the university campus as a shared public space, this course explores how each of us moves through it, navigates it, and shapes it with our actions. Moving between the classroom and the campus, students will create a laboratory for investigation and creation. The course encourages students to make bold, personal artistic work that both speaks to their own unique experiences and finds the meaning in shared space, activating it in surprising and revealing ways.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN’T DANCE: CHOREOGRAPHY FOR “NON-DANCERS”

This workshop explores various methods and techniques that can be used to create dynamic performer-generated choreography with performers of any background, any training, and any ability. Prompts, gestural exercises, scores, and editing techniques are covered, all aimed at building a movement vocabulary created by and tailored to the specific bodies in the room. For directors, performers, and any artist interested in acquiring simple tools that can lead to sophisticated movement.

CREATING ORIGINAL WORK

This course is dedicated to exploring the building blocks of performance by focusing on a number of individual elements: space, text, movement, objects, sound, media, and audience. Each week, after an in-class introduction, students create a short solo performance organized around the element in focus that week. In the second half of the semester, students work as a performing ensemble, coming together as a group to create and rehearse a collaborative original performance piece that synthesizes the various elements explored.

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