This course aims for an appreciation and critical assessment of the contemporary European theater and performing arts makers and their works. The course will introduce students to the aesthetic, dramaturgical, and physical world of the productions by contemporary theater makers such as Katie Mitchell, Christopher Marthaler, Romeo Castellucci, She She Pop, Jan Fabre, Jan Lauwers, Thomas Ostermeier, and Simon McBurney. We will look at how they create their work from the conceptualization of the idea to its execution on stage. How does the practice of auteur theater makers in Europe differ from the practice of theater makers in the States? Based on the readings and screenings, students will explore common thematic or aesthetic choices. The course will also encourage students to reflect on the current social, economic, and political events that influence the production of theatrical work in Europe. The course will also demonstrate how contemporary theater productions make extensive use of visual arts, music, dance, and multimedia.
Corequisite: A drama lab is required.