Methods and techniques of research, interpretation, and writing in theatre history. Relationship of theatre arts to culture in diverse periods and places.
DRAMA 573 Documentary Theatre. What constitutes a “document” of the past? How do various artifacts (the archive, the site of trauma, the body) both witness to historical events and compel us to remember those events through performance: film, theatre, visual media, public spectacle and pageantry? How does performance differ for audiences and artists when the material is based on “real history”? How is the work charged with a different kind of energy when it incorporated verbatim documents and testimony? How do performers negotiate issues of “fidelity” with artistic license? How might/does documentary performance enable efficacious social change? In this seminar we will discuss historical and contemporary performance texts and video, as well as recent scholarship on documentary performance, broadly conceived.
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