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David Odai Johnson
DRAMA 599
Seattle Campus

Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts

Independent projects or group study of specialized aspects of theatre arts. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Class description

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar will explore how performance functions to recover or rebuild identity in threatened populations, past and present. It considers the sensitive, enduring, and courageous problem of how culture and memory survive through performance, and how performance resists erasure and allows preservation in ways no other text can. The course will introduce students to the methodologies disparate disciplines use to approach common and contextual issues of documenting, archiving, and accessing performance and the cultural memory behind it, including strategies for storying individual and collective experiences, for recording performance practices, and for reconstructing or reanimating performance texts as a form of cultural remembering.

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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.
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Last Update by Susan L Bruns
Date: 01/28/2011