Application of Performance Studies approach (see COMM 210) to a specific area of study or artistic expression. Prerequisite: COMM 111, COMM 210 or COMM 211, or permission of instructor.
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Current Semester InformationSteven Timm
310A: Performance Studies II
Performance Studies seeks to broaden the definition of performance and the texts upon which they are based. This course investigates literature, discourse, image, gesture and the body through analytical and artistic applications.
Comm 310/Spring 2014 will focus on the history, texts and creative process of solo performance pieces--particularly those pieces connected to social and political movements over the last 100 years. Students will write and perform solo pieces using a variety of source materials: personal experience, historical figures and events, political/social movements, current events and literature. While the emphasis in this course will be on the creation of original works, a thorough understanding of the critical and historical traditions influencing and shaping the performance practice is expected. A sample of works we'll study include performance pieces by Beatrice Herford, "Moms" Mabley, Brother Theodore, Lenny Bruce, Spaulding Gray, Laurie Anderson, Rachel Rosenthal, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Eric Bogosian, Anna Deavere Smith and many others. This course is recommended for upper level students. No prerequisites.