Randi Marie Courtmanch
B CUSP 117
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: W.
Experiencing Performance: from spoken word to performance art
In this class we will be exploring different types of performance as it relates to the development and presentation of research. Through readings, experiential activities, guest workshops, screenings and off-campus outings we will learn about different modes of contemporary performance ranging from spoken word, performance art, modern dance, and community-based performance. We will then use these modes as forms of investigation and research in the creation of original performance material to be shared with the class. Students will be expected to work collaboratively and independently in exploring these diverse modes of performance as well as reflect on their learning and personal exploration. Additionally, students will be expected to see at least one performance outside of class over the quarter to be mutually determined by professor and student.
Student learning goals
Utilize performance concepts as a means of expression, research, and problem solving
Work collaboratively and independently in conceptualizing and creating performance-based work
Articulate multiple meanings of performance and how it can be understand in a variety of contexts
Use reflective writing and dialogue to further a deep understanding of experience and process in terms of performance making and dissemination
Understand and develop a personal process for performance as a form of research
General method of instruction
This class will be comprised of lectures, readings, in-class discussions, performance and experiential exercises and artist screenings.
Class assignments and grading