Devising Performance and Collaborative Creation (DRA2263.01)

Jean Randich

“Devised Performance” emerged in the 50’s and 60’s when American avant-garde groups such as the Living Theatre and Open Theatre pioneered non-text-based rehearsal and performance practices to liberate and empower the actor. We will investigate the history, philosophies, and evolving techniques of this ensemble-based movement in which the company generates all aspects of the performance. Looking at the work of Augusto Boal, Elevator Repair Service, and Frantic Assembly, among others, we will explore devising performance for aesthetic, political, visual, and social ends.   Students participate in physical exercises, improvisations, games, and create collaborative works throughout the term. The final project is a showing of a longer, full company, devised piece.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency:
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