Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will apply a variety of exercises and follow a methodology developed by the instructor for the creation of ritual performance expression. The course will proceed in three phases 1) Body, 2) Space, and 3) Place.
Each phase will introduce a foundational element in the progression of developing and comprehending ritual performance.
Each phase will explore through exercises, improvisations, and performance studies three themes: balance, circles, and rhythm.
At the core of this course’s methodology is the objective of locating and articulating a human body in relation to space.
The objective of such articulated action is to situate the body relationally in a space and by so doing create a place—the system or patterns of layered spaces, a ritual.
The course will include mask work and performance creation exercises and studies.
The Myth of the Eternal Return, by Mircea Eliade
The Spell of the Sensuous, by David Abram
NOTE: additional articles and performance texts will be available via eLearning and will be assigned throughout the course
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
• Completion of assignments prior to class
• Successful Completion of 5 Performance Exercises
• Development & maintenance of a Performance workbook
• Final Performance Presentation
• Class participation & attendance