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Kanta A Kochhar
BIS 322
Bothell Campus

Topics in Performance Studies

Examination of a specific topic in order to provide a deeper understanding of a particular aspect of the study of performance. Topics may include transnationalism and performance; eco-performance, community performance; African and Asian theatre. Topics and approaches may vary with instructor.

Class description

This course focuses on the connections between dance and ritual in relation to artistic practices, dance histories, and healing practices in a variety of contexts, including, for example, expressive therapies and medical anthropology. Where applicable the course will focus on developing a comparative approach to examples in the US, India, and China.

Student learning goals

An overview of dance and ritual that investigates the relationships between story, art, creativity, imagination, community engagement, and healing (Critical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Research)

An understanding of the application of dance and ritual that focuses on how story collection, exploration, and performance can contribute to diverse communities and knowledge formations (IAS critical thinking; interdisciplinary research)

The development of a skill set that can be applied to student(s) areas of interest (that will provide foundations for success in art careers and graduate programs) (Writing and presentation)

General method of instruction

The format of the class will include lecture-demos, skills training, collaborative workshops, and on-site activities.

Please note that all required reading will be posted on e-reserve. If you have additional questions about the reading, please contact the course instructor at

Recommended preparation

Interest in the topic

Class assignments and grading

Participation (40%): Because of the highly interactive structure of the class, students will be required to submit a bi-weekly summary sheet providing evidence and self-evaluation of participation.

Reading, short quizzes, short papers (35%): There will be required reading that will serve to build a shared theoretical and practical frame for all course participants. Evidence of growing capacity to leverage related theory and practice will be measured through worksheets, reporting out processes from group work, and short writing assignments.

Final Paper and Project: (25%) and Related Documentation of what you have learned in the class.

See above under the general nature of the assignments.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kanta A Kochhar
Date: 03/31/2014