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Theatre and Dance

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Theatre and Dance Website

Professor LINDBLADE; Associate Professors MANLEY, DAVIS-GREEN, PLATT, WOMACK (Chair), Assistant Professor GOODWIN; Adjunct Associate Professor AMES. Lecturer HERMINJARD; Part-time Faculty MERCER; Administrative Assistant QUINN; Technical Director MARTIN; Assistant Technical Director HAMILTON; Costume Shop Supervisor AVRAMOV; Guests in Theatre and Dance: HARRIS, HENDREN, MARBLE, ARONSON, JOHNSON, LASMAWAN, GOUDIABY, PLAZA, ECKWALL, LAUTHER, RIKER and DOBSON

In theatre and dance, students learn fundamental practical skills, including acting, design, and dance technique in preparation for advanced seminars and interdisciplinary studio courses. Both seasoned majors and first-time performers have many opportunities to perform in our mainstage productions. In the classroom, we introduce diverse bodies of knowledge including dramatic literature, dance history, and critical theories of race, ethnicity, and gender to prepare students for contemporary artistic investigations. We are equally attentive to the present as well as the past by offering our students intensive experiences with renowned visiting artists. We also offer regular opportunities for academic travel so that students can experience singular performances and practical experience in off-campus destinations.

Major Requirements

Theatre

Theatre majors must complete a minimum of 13.25 units for the major:

  • 6.25 units required from Principal Courses: TH105 Acting 1; TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design; TH206 Directing; TH303 Junior Seminar; TH301 Senior Thesis Proposal (.25 unit); TH304 Advanced Performance; TH404 Senior Thesis Project.
  • Two units from Historical Perspectives: TH220 Origins of Theatre; TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre; TH222 Neoclassic, Romantic, and Commedia del Arte; TH223 Modern Theatre; TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950–Present.
  • One unit from Intercultural Perspectives; TH229 Rewriting America; TH328 Theatre and the Politics of Action.
  • One unit from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: TH326 Performance Studies; TH327 Feminist Performance; TH329 Queer Performance and Body Politics.
  • Two units of Electives: Choose from any Theatre or Dance Course.
  • .25 unit Acting in a Department production: TH212, 213, 214, or 215 Theatre Studio Work/Acting (.25 unit each).
  • .75 unit in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) and/or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each).

Outstanding work will be rewarded with distinction upon graduation. Please consult the online Handbook for Theatre and Dance Majors for further information on the major.  

Dance

Dance majors must complete a minimum of 13.25 units in the major:

  • 6.25 units required from Principal Courses: DA110: Fundamentals of Performance Design; DA211Choreography; DA221 Historical Perspectives in Dance; DA301 Senior Thesis Proposal (.25 units); DA303 Junior Seminar; DA304 Advanced Performance; DA404 Senior Thesis Project.
  • One unit from Intercultural Perspectives: DA311 Cultural Perspectives in Dance.
  • One unit from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: DA326 Performance Studies; DA327 Feminist Performance; DA329 Queer Performance and Body Politics.
  • Two units Elective: Two Block courses in Theatre or Dance or one block course + one unit of dance technique electives.   
  • Two units Required Dance Studio adjuncts: .5 units in Classical Forms: Ballet at the 200-400 level, DS221 Bharata Natyam, DS405 Graham Technique; .5 units in Somatic Practices: DS245 Pilates, Yoga, QiGong, Gyrotonics; .5 units in Contemporary Practices: Contemporary Dance Technique at 200-400 level, DS224 Improvisation; .5 units in Intercultural/Community-based Dance: DS218/19 African Dance, DS231/32 Hip-hop, DS320 Hip-hop II.
  • .25 unit of dance performance for DanSix:  DA425 or TH214.
  • .75 unit in Technical Theatre: Choose from DA/TH101, 102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) and/or DA212–215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each).

Outstanding work will be rewarded with distinction upon graduation. Please consult the online Handbook for Theatre and Dance Majors for further information on the major.

Minor Requirements

Theatre

Theatre minors must complete a minimum of 6.25 units for the minor:

  • Two units required from Principal Courses: TH105 Acting 1; TH206 Directing.
  • One unit from Historical Perspectives: TH220 Origins of Theatre; TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre; TH222 Neoclassic, Romantic, and Commedia del Arte; TH223 Modern Theatre: Realisms and Anti-Realisms; TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950-Present.
  • One unit from Intercultural or Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Th229 Rewriting America: Playwrights & Cultural Identity; TH328 Theatre and the Politics of Action.
  • One Elective: at the 300 level in theatre and dance. See the online course schedule on Self-Service Banner to choose from our many course offerings
  • Theatre minors must complete an approved Junior or Senior Integrative Project: that is either appended to TH 303, TH 304, TH 326-329, or TH325 Project in Theatre.
  • .25 unit in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102: Stagecraft (.25 unit) or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each)

Note:

  • The department is affiliated with two thematic minors: Performance Design and The Arts: Theory and Practice.  Please see "Thematic Minors" in the catalog

Dance

Dance minors must complete a minimum of 6.5 units in the minor. 

  • One unit of required block courses: DA221 Choreography,
  • One unit of required Intercultural Perspectives: DA211 Historical Perspectives in Dance (recommended) or DA311 Cultural Perspectives in Dance.
  • Two units of Electives in Theatre and Dance
  • One unit of Technique Adjuncts: 1 unit completed in at least three out of four categories: Classical Forms:  Ballet at the 200-400 level, DS221 Bharata Natyam, DS405 Graham Technique; Somatic Practices: DS245 Pilates, Yoga, QiGong, Gyrontonics; Contemporary Practices: Contemporary Dance Technique at 200-400 level, DS224 Improvisation;  Intercultural/Community-based Dance: DS218/19 West African Dance, DS231/32 Hip-hop, DS320 Hip-hop II, 
  • 25 units in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101 & TH102 Stagecraft (.25 unit) or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each). Technical theatre job requirements for the minor should ideally be completed before the final semester of the minor. 
  • One unit of 300-level elective or Integrative project: Dance minors must either complete 300-level dance elective or an approved integrative project in their junior or senior year (DA325 Projects in Dance)

Dance Adjunct Courses

Note: Dance technique classes at Colorado College are developed to satisfy a wide range of student interest and expertise.

Students who have never danced before will find that DS105 - DS107 Beginning Dance is an appropriate level for them. This class will provide an introduction to ballet and contemporary dance while simultaneously developing an awareness and appreciation for anatomically correct movement technique.

Improvisation classes are useful for students wishing to do work in choreography, or for students who are curious about spontaneous process. Improvisation welcomes music, art and creative writing students who would like to work with improvisational forms. 

Since students often come to Colorado College with more than a few years of dance training, we advise students to register for the class that they think is most appropriate to their level, with the understanding that the teacher may advise the student to change to a different class once the course begins.

Courses

Dance Theory

DA100 Ritual, Theatre, Performance

This course surveys the history of theatre in the context of Western artistic and literary traditions. Students will read and watch plays as well as examine how theatre relates to philosophy, poetry, politics, and religion. The course includes screenings, field trips to attend performances, and interactive workshops led by department faculty on creative aspects of the discipline. The first block of the course begins by studying sacred rituals that influenced the origins of theatre in ancient Greece. It then examines forms of drama developed in succeeding eras, including medieval pageants, Renaissance masques, Shakespearian plays, and Restoration comedy. In the second block, we look at a combination of contemporary and historical plays that address changes in the 18th and 19th centuries that led to the development of realism in modern theatre. It pays special attention to how subsequent playwrights and choreographers use or subvert realism in order to challenge ideas about gender, race, and nationality. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

1 unit — Platt

DA101 Stagecraft Practicum

A basic technical theatre adjunct course connected to a main stage production. Covers the vocabulary, theory, skills and application within the technical areas of sets, stage management, and production crew. Emphasizes the collaborative nature of technical theatre in production. (Not offered 2017-18).

.5 unit

DA107 Art, Spectacle, and Society

Examines the rise of spectacle culture in social events, popular culture, and mass media in the United States, such as Burning Man, Mardi Gras, Las Vegas, Halloween, carnivals, freak shows, professional wrestling, historical reenactments, fantasy cons, zombie walks, flash mobs, cult films, and mega-churches. Uses readings by Richard Schechner and Victor Turner to introduce fundamental concepts from the field of performance studies, including ritual, theatre, and play. Additional texts by scholars such as Joseph Roach, Umberto Eco, and Guy Debord are used to critique the role of race and gender in late capitalism and to identify the potential for performance as a form of political resistance. Students may expect frequent short field trips and participatory assignments.

1 unit — Platt

DA110 Fundamentals of Performance Design

Emphasizes the collaborative nature of 3-dimensional live performance design, its vocabulary, theory and application with a focus on aesthetic integration. Combines artistic practice with critical inquiry to engage simultaneously in creative development and analysis. Class projects introduce students to research, visual analysis, sketching, model making, and presentation skills. Historical and current performance design trends. No prior experience in theatrical productions expected

1 unit — Davis-Green

DA125 The Body in Motion

An introductory dance course taught through explorations based in the body. Employing basic kinesiology and anatomy, somatic practices, dance composition, and movement improvisation, it broadly investigates the interconnection between body and mind. How might our bodies be a source of knowing? How does movement communicate? Both experiential and theoretical, students will explore their movement potential, move extemporaneously, analyze movement and arrange movement using choreographic procedures. No previous dance experience is necessary to enjoy this course.

1 unit — Womack

DA200 Topics in Dance:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics.

1 unit — Womack

DA200 Topics in Dance:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics.

1 unit — Womack

DA211 Historical Perspectives in Dance

Introduction to dance history as drawn from ballet, modern, social dance, and contemporary performance. Examines critical methodologies, key authors, and current research in the field of Dance Studies. Topics may address interdisciplinary concerns, social issues, or representations of gender, race, nationality and class. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Carrico

DA212 Theatre/Acting Studio

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 to 1 unit

DA213 Theatre/Acting Studio:

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DA214 Theatre/Acting Studio:

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DA215 Theatre/Acting Studio

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting; required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DA221 Choreography

A theoretical and practical investigation of dance composition. .25 unit of Beginning Modern Dance or Dance Improvisation or prior dance experience recommended.

1 unit — Womack

DA223 Improvisation

Practical work in dance improvisation, frequently in collaboration with musicians and artists, to evolve an expanding vocabulary of movement, voice and performance possibilities. Limited to 20. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DA224 Contemporary Performance 1950- Present

Using an interdisciplinary arts approach, investigates varied performance aesthetics, theory and practices of the later 20th and early 21st century with a focus on the American experience, new and disenfranchised voices, and hybrid genres in the arts. Considers perspectives in music, dance, directing, multimedia, and of theorists and playwrights. Disillusionment of the post-WWII era, voices of protest, agitation/propaganda, performance art, and identity politics; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender performance, race relations, and the feminist aesthetic.

1 unit — Platt

DA228 Experimental and Expanded Cinema

Experimental and Expanded Cinema Examines alternative approaches to cinema developed after 1960 by independent filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists working with animation, puppetry, video, performance, and installation. Uses readings by scholars such as P. Adams Sitney, Steven Shaviro, and Laura Marks to explore the visual and tactile qualities of film, the relationship between mainstream and experimental cinema, and social attitudes towards new technologies.

1 unit — Platt

DA230 Video Dance

Introduction to creating dance specifically for the video medium, also known as video dance. Investigates ways that choreographers might use video technology as a creative tool. Aspects include production of video, audio, and choreography with the aim of fusing these elements.

1 unit — Herminjard

DA300 Topics in Dance:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

DA301 Senior Thesis Proposal

Supervised sessions with Theatre and Dance majors in the junior year to prepare for the senior thesis proposal. Prerequisite: DA/TH303. .25 unit.

.25 unit — Platt

DA303 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices

Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration between drama and dance majors and also among artistic disciplines. Studies include immersion in performance theory, aesthetic philosophy, and collaborative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Collaboration and collision through a process of experimentation and rehearsal to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, temporal, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified event in performance. DA 110/DR 110, DA 211, and DA 221 recommended. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.25 to 1 unit

DA304 Advanced Performance:

Investigation of choreographic theories and practices with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. Topics include: Advanced Choreography, Site-specific Performance, Installation and Performance, Choreographies of Editing, Community and Performance. Can be repeated for credit to fulfill one elective requirement within the major. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Dance Theory 221 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

DA311 Cultural Perspectives in Dance

Study of dance practices and their specific histories within and across cultures. Themes of embodiment, race, ethnicity, identity, migrational flows, appropriation and cultural exchange inform the analysis of the selected dance traditions, fusions and innovations. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Carrico

DA325 Projects in Dance:

Work in dance appropriate to the needs or interests of qualified students. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.25 to 1 unit

DA326 Performance Studies

Examines new approaches to the study of performance drawn from sociology, anthropology, and media studies. Uses readings by scholars such as Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner, and Philip Auslander to analyze works by contemporary choreographers, theatre ensembles, and performance artists, as well as performances from everyday life, including concerts, festivals, and political protests. Attention also given to how performances construct race, gender, and nationality. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

DA327 Feminist Performance

Examines how performances since 1960 by female artists have challenged the subordinate status of women in art and society. Uses readings by theorists such as Judith Butler, Sue-Ellen Case, and Peggy Phelan to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in drama, dance, film, performance art and new media. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

DA329 Queer Performance and Body Politics

Examines how performances since 1960 by queer artists have challenged conventional ideas about the body, sexuality and selfhood. Uses readings by theorists such as Michael Foucault, Michael Warner, and Jose Esteban Munoz to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in literature, film, drama, musical theatre, dance and performance art.

1 unit — Platt

DA400 Topics in Dance:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

DA404 Senior Thesis

Advanced work in theatre and/or dance culminating in performance, written thesis, major creative or choreographic work, scenic or lighting design, or other work appropriate to the discipline. Proposal must be approved at the end of the Junior year by the department faculty. Offered in blocks 1-7 of the senior year. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

.25 to 1 unit

DA406 Solo Performance

An investigation into the forces that shape solo theatrical performance, including original work and voice, point-of-view, text interpretation, observation, myth, and storytelling. Students will apply their own unique histories, politics, and imaginations to a developmental process, helping each other to shape material, develop performance techniques, explore text, music, movement, dance, song, sound, props, set, lights, and costumes. The class will culminate in a solo performance by each student. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 to 1 unit

DA425 Dance Repertory

Development of performance and rehearsal techniques through choreographic forms. Repertory works from faculty, labanotation scores, or guest choreographers will be set on students for performance.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.25 unit — Herminjard, Kedhar, Mercer, Womack

Theatre

TH100 Ritual, Theatre, Performance

This course surveys the history of theatre in the context of Western artistic and literary traditions. Students will read and watch plays as well as examine how theatre relates to philosophy, poetry, politics, and religion. The course includes screenings, field trips to attend performances, and interactive workshops led by department faculty on creative aspects of the discipline. The first block of the course begins by studying sacred rituals that influenced the origins of theatre in ancient Greece. It then examines forms of drama developed in succeeding eras, including medieval pageants, Renaissance masques, Shakespearian plays, and Restoration comedy. In the second block, we look at a combination of contemporary and historical plays that address changes in the 18th and 19th centuries that led to the development of realism in modern theatre. It pays special attention to how subsequent playwrights and choreographers use or subvert realism in order to challenge ideas about gender, race, and nationality. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

1 unit — Lindblade

TH101 Stagecraft Practicum

.A basic technical theatre adjunct course. Covers the vocabulary, theory, skills and application within the technical areas of sets, stage management, and production crew.

.25 unit — Martin

TH102 Stagecraft Practicum ll

This course is designed to act as a lab component of TH101. Students are required to crew the Theatre and Dance main stage production. Builds on the information and skills acquired during TH101

.25 unit — Martin

TH105 Acting I: Introduction

Work on basic acting skills through observation, improvisation, physical and vocal preparation, and the basics of Stanislavski's theories. The emphasis is on exercises and games that release the imagine and instinct of the performer with the aim of giving everyone the means to approach any role. Work will culminate with scripted scenes and a group presentation. Limited to 18.

1 unit — Lindblade, Manley

TH107 Art, Spectacle, and Society

Examines the rise of spectacle culture in social events, popular culture, and mass media in the United States, such as Burning Man, Mardi Gras, Las Vegas, Halloween, carnivals, freak shows, professional wrestling, historical reenactments, fantasy cons, zombie walks, flash mobs, cult films, and mega-churches. Uses readings by Richard Schechner and Victor Turner to introduce fundamental concepts from the field of performance studies, including ritual, theatre, and play. Additional texts by scholars such as Joseph Roach, Umberto Eco, and Guy Debord are used to critique the role of race and gender in late capitalism and to identify the potential for performance as a form of political resistance. Students may expect frequent short field trips and participatory assignments.

1 unit — Platt

TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design

Emphasizes the collaborative nature of 3-dimensional live performance design, its vocabulary, theory and application with a focus on aesthetic integration. Combines artistic practice with critical inquiry to engage simultaneously in creative development and analysis. Class projects introduce students to research, visual analysis, sketching, model making, and presentation skills. Historical and current performance design trends. No prior experience in theatrical productions expected.

1 unit — Davis-Green

TH200 Topics in Theatre:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topic areas, including theatre history, dramatic literature, dramatic theory, film and theatre performance practices.

.25 or .5 or 1 unit — Aronson, Banagale, Cervantes, Manley

TH205 Acting Workshop

An extended-format, adjunct class given twice a week over 4 blocks. Designed to enhance and practice the skills from Acting 1 through exercises and scene work. The format is designed to allow for a longer period of assimilation, keeping the acting muscles active and developing on a continuous basis, and for individual attention for each student. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Drama 105.

1 to 3 units

TH206 Directing

A practical and theoretical introduction to the basics of directing. Begins with investigation of past and present directing practice and techniques through the work of influential directors from around the world. Considers the essential tools of directing, choosing the material; producing and conceptualizing the ideas; pre-production work of analysis, design and planning; casting;rehearsal management; rehearsal techniques with actors; and steering the production through its final stages to performance. The course involves directing actors in scenes. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Theatre 105 and Theatre 110.

1 unit

TH207 Lighting Design

History, theory, and practice of lighting design for the stage. Script analysis, drafting, plotting, and color theory. Laboratory required: participation in one stage production. Limited to 15. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH210 Intermediate Performance Design

Intermediate work in performance design with an emphasis on the emergence of new approaches and innovations in scenic and performance design. Integrates traditional visual languages of the stage with the digital arts. Explores spatial designs for dance, performance installations and the theatrical stage. Includes model making, drawing, drafting and digital/video design programs.

Prerequisite: Theatre 110 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Davis-Green

TH211 Speech Arts

Introduction to public speaking and oral interpretation of literature. Limited to 18.

1 unit

TH212 Theatre/Acting Studio

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

.25 unit — Manley, Martin

TH213 Theatre/Acting Studio:

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

.25 unit — Lindblade, Martin

TH214 Theatre/Acting Studio:

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

.25 unit — Herminjard, Kedhar, Mercer, Womack

TH215 Theatre/Acting Studio

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting; required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

.25 unit — Aronson, Martin

TH217 Writing for Performance

Fundamentals Identifies techniques utilized by writers of performance, ranging from slam poets to monologists to playwrights. Script and poem excerpts as well as video and audio samples will serve as the basis for in-class conversations around craft. Students will embark on a series of short solo and group writing exercises, trying their hand at a myriad of performance writing forms. Selected student work of merit will be presented in a final public staged reading.

1 unit — Goodwin

TH218 Costume Design

Costume Design for live performance, including theatre, opera, dance, and performance art. Explores color and line theory, script analysis, textiles and textile modification, rendering for costumes, construction and patterning techniques and other costume related skills. Limited to 10. Lab fee required. 1 unit - Ames

1 unit — Ames

TH220 Origins of Theatre: Ritual, Greek Tragedy, and Early Comedy

A study of the birth and evolution of Western theatre from its ritualistic origins. The course investigates plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes and their importance in establishing a crucial aesthetic and philosophical groundwork for theatre as a necessary part of human experience. (TH220/CL219/CO200) (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre: Spirituality, Philosophy and Performance

A study of medieval European theatre forms of farce, feasts, and cycles and their gradual evolution into full-blown Renaissance dramas. The course investigates Renaissance philosophy and design incorporated by English, French, Italian, and Spanish playwrights, concentrating on Shakespeare and the Jacobeans. (TH221/EN286/CO200)

1 unit — Evitt, Lindblade

TH222 Neoclassicism, Romanticism, & Commedia del Arte: Natl Identities of Performance & Lang

A study of three influential theatrical and aesthetic forms and their importance, to this day, in establishing national and linguistic identities. The course investigates French Neoclassicism and the tightly brilliant aesthetics of Corneille and Racine, German Romanticism and the sensual verse of Goethe, and Italian Commedia del Arte and the refreshing comic sensibilities of Goldoni and Gozzi. (TH222/CO200). (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH223 Modern Theatre: Realisms and Anti-Realisms

A study of 20th Century performance genres reflected by playwriting , aesthetic philosophy, and artistic manifestoes. The course chronicles the strategic birth of realistic performance in works by Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, and Schnitzler and the strong reactions against realism by anti-realistic movements, including symbolism, surrealism, Pirandellianism, expressionism, and epic theatre. (TH223/EN280/CO200) (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950-Present

Using an interdisciplinary arts approach, investigates varied performance aesthetics, theory and practices of the later 20th and early 21st century with a focus on the American experience, new and disenfranchised voices, and hybrid genres in the arts. Considers perspectives in music, dance, directing, multimedia, and of theorists and playwrights. Disillusionment of the post-WWII era, voices of protest, agitation/propaganda, performance art, and identity politics; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender performance, race relations, and the feminist aesthetic. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Platt

TH227 Hip Hop Aesthetics

The course will provide a historical and socio-political context for this urban folk form birthed 40 years ago in the South Bronx. Readings, video, and audio materials will enhance lectures on the origins of rap, graffiti art, beat boxing, b-boying, and turntablism. Our primary focus, however, is exploring hip hop’s performance and literary aesthetics in our own writing. Students will create original hip hop inspired pieces based around the themes and ideas discussed throughout the block. Selected student work of merit will be shared in a final public performance. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH228 Experimental and Expanded Cinema

Experimental and Expanded Cinema Examines alternative approaches to cinema developed after 1960 by independent filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists working with animation, puppetry, video, performance, and installation. Uses readings by scholars such as P. Adams Sitney, Steven Shaviro, and Laura Marks to explore the visual and tactile qualities of film, the relationship between mainstream and experimental cinema, and social attitudes towards new technologies.

1 unit — Platt

TH229 Rewriting America: Playwrights and Cultural Identity

From the bilingual flatbed truck actors of Luis Valdez to the rhythmic coffee house choreo-poems of Ntozake Shange, this course focuses on the theatrical voices of the American marginalized. Our mission will be to examine the societal circumstances that birthed alternative styles to the mainstream American stage. Selected playwrights will cover a cross section of race, gender and sexuality, from Tony award winners to virtual unknowns. Equal parts historical analysis and creative writing workshop, students will create multimedia presentations and original plays based around their research. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH240 Special Topics in Design

Courses offered by design faculty and guests on specialized topic areas in performance design. Lab fee required. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH300 Topics in Theatre:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2017-18).

.5 to 1 unit

TH301 Senior Thesis Proposal

Supervised sessions with Theatre and Dance majors in the junior year to prepare for senior thesis proposal. Prerequisite: DA/TH303. .25 unit.

.25 unit — Platt

TH303 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices

Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration between drama and dance majors and also among artistic disciplines. Studies include immersion in performance theory, aesthetic philosophy, and collaborative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Collaboration and collision through a process of experimentation and rehearsal to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, temporal, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified event in performance. DA 110/DR 110, DA 211, and DA 221 recommended. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

TH304 Advanced Performance:

Investigation of choreographic theories and practices with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. Topics include: Advanced Choreography, Site-specific Performance, Installation and Performance, Choreographies of Editing, Community and Performance. Can be repeated for credit to fulfill one elective requirement within the major.

Prerequisite: Dance Theory 221 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Manley

TH305 Acting 2: Intermediate

Developing and furthering the skills from Acting 1 with an emphasis on intensive scene work that will focus on a wide range of contemporary playwrights. Work will culminate with a public presentation of scenes. Limited to 18.

Prerequisite: Drama 105.

1 unit — Manley

TH307 Lighting Design

History, theory, and practice of lighting design for the stage. Script analysis, drafting, plotting, and color theory. Laboratory required: participation in one stage production. Limited to 15. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Drama 108 or 109 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

TH317 Writing for Performance 2

Advanced Students will envision and execute two performance writing projects: one of their own design, and the other an assignment provided by the professor, tailored to their sensibility. Projects range from one act plays to a series of slam poems to a stand up comedy routine, etc. In-class readings, performances, peer critique, and revision assignments will push us toward a culminating final staged reading of selected projects.

Prerequisite: Theatre 217 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Goodwin

TH325 Independent Study in Theatre and Dance:

Work in special fields in Drama and Dance appropriate to the needs and/or interests of qualified students.

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

.5 unit

TH326 Performance Studies

Examines new approaches to the study of performance drawn from sociology, anthropology, and media studies. Uses readings by scholars such as Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner, and Philip Auslander to analyze works by contemporary choreographers, theatre ensembles, and performance artists, as well as performances from everyday life, including concerts, festivals, and political protests. Attention also given to how performances construct race, gender, and nationality. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH327 Feminist Performance

Examines how performances since 1960 by female artists have challenged the subordinate status of women in art and society. Uses readings by theorists such as Judith Butler, Sue-Ellen Case, and Peggy Phelan to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in drama, dance, film, performance art and new media. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH328 Theatre and the Politics of Action

The course is a contemplation of theatre as a voice of the dispossessed and oppressed, focusing on the development of various performance aesthetics as a response to sociopolitical subjugation. The course will utilize both national and international performances and texts. Special attention will be paid to Brecht/s epic theatre as a laboratory of socioeconomic inequality, Boal’s concept of theatre as an agitprop tool, and Wilson’s notions of social boundaries, expressionism, and the ethical territories of the dispossessed. 1 unit.

1 unit — Lindblade

TH329 Queer Performances and Body Politics

Examines how performances since 1960 by queer artists have challenged conventional ideas about the body, sexuality and selfhood. Uses readings by theorists such as Michael Foucault, Michael Warner, and Jose Esteban Munoz to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in literature, film, drama, musical theatre, dance and performance art. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Platt

TH329 Queer Performances and Body Politics

Examines how performances since 1960 by queer artists have challenged conventional ideas about the body, sexuality and selfhood. Uses readings by theorists such as Michael Foucault, Michael Warner, and Jose Esteban Munoz to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in literature, film, drama, musical theatre, dance and performance art. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit — Platt

TH330 Performance Away

The class takes place in a selected city and sees and analyzes a wide range of performances including drama, dance, opera, puppetry , solo performance, circus, site specific work, foreign language performance and experimental work in all genres. Explores the social, historical and national parameters of the performances and the past and present performance history and significance of the city . Extra Expense.

1 unit — Manley

TH340 Advanced Topics in Design

Courses offered by design faculty and guests on specialized topic areas in performance design. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH350 Design Practicum

An individual practical design project in connection with department main stage productions. Areas of concentration might include properties, masks, sound design, video design in association with the season productions. Must be arranged with instructor.

Prerequisite: Drama 100 and/or consent of instructor.

1 unit

TH400 Topics in Theatre:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

TH404 Senior Thesis

Advanced work in drama and/or dance culminating in performance, written thesis, major creative or choreographic work, scenic or lighting design, or other work appropriate to the discipline. Proposal must be approved at the end of the junior year by the department faculty. Offered in blocks 1-7 of the senior year.

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

1 unit — Lindblade, Manley, Womack

TH405 Acting 3: Advanced

Consolidating skills from Acting 1 and 2 and working on heightened and poetic texts including Shakespeare, the Greeks, and the Jacobean and Restoration eras. The class is dedicated to seeing Shakespeare as our contemporary and the verse as no barrier to expression or understanding. Work will culminate with a public presentation. Limited to 18. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Theatre 305.

1 unit

TH410 Advanced Design Workshop

Advanced study of topics related to theory, criticism, literature, and history of the theatre. Resultant performance or thesis. Required of all drama majors. Limited to majors and minors or with consent of instructor. (Not offered 2017-18).

.5 to 2 units

Dance Studio

DS101 Tai Ji

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS105 Beginning Dance

Dance Technique Classes.

.25 unit — Mercer, Womack

DS106 Beginning Dance

.25 unit — Mercer, Womack

DS107 Beginning Dance

.25 unit — Herminjard, Mercer

DS108 Beginning Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS205 Intermediate Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS206 Intermediate Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS207 Intermediate Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS208 Intermediate Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS209 Dance Studio

.25 unit — Dobson, Riker

DS210 Dance Studio: Choreography/Performance

Note on dance technique classes: Dance technique classes at Colorado College are developed to satisfy a wide range of student interest and expertise. Students who have never danced before will find that the Beginning Modern class is an appropriate level for them. This class will provide an introduction to various dance styles, improvisation, and expression in movement, while simultaneously developing an awareness and appreciation for anatomically correct movement technique. Beginning Ballet classes are recommended for students who have danced before and would like to continue in ballet, and for students who are taking more than one semester in dance. Improvisation classes are useful for students wishing to do work in choreography, or for students who are curious about spontaneous process. Improvisation is also open to music students who would like to work with improvisational forms. Tai chi classes are open to all students, and are particularly useful for athletes who need to develop strength, flexibility and mental concentration. Jazz classes are recommended for students who are interested in broadening their understanding of indigenous dance styles. Since students often come to Colorado College with more than a few years of dance training, we advise students to register for the class that they think is most appropriate to their level, with the understanding that the teacher may advise the student to change to a different class once the course is begun. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS213 Intermediate Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS214 Intermediate Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS215 Intermediate Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS216 Intermediate Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS218 West African Dance and Drumming

.25 unit — Goudiaby

DS219 West African Dance and Drumming

.25 unit — Goudiaby

DS223 Improvisation

.25 unit — Womack

DS224 Improvisation

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS227 Bharata Natyam Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS228 Bharata Natyam Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS229 Balinese Dance

.25 unit — Lasmawan

DS230 Balinese Dance

.25 unit — Lasmawan

DS231 Hip Hop Dance

.25 unit — Jules

DS232 Hip Hop Dance

.25 unit — Jules

DS234 Capoeira

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS235 Capoeira

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS236 Samba

.25 unit

DS236 Samba

.25 unit

DS241 Somatic Practices:

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS242 Somatic Practices

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS243 Somatic Practices

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong.

.25 unit

DS244 Somatic Practices

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong.

.25 unit

DS245 Somatic Practices:

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong. (Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS305 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance

.25 unit — Herminjard

DS306 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance

.25 unit — Herminjard

DS307 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS308 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance

.25 unit — Herminjard

DS313 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS313 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS314 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS315 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS316 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS320 HipHop Dance II

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS333 Intermediate/Advanced Modern Jazz

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS334 Capoeira II

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS405 Advanced Modern Dance: Technique of Martha Graham

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS406 Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS407 Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS408 Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2017-18).

.25 unit

DS413 Advanced Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS414 Advanced Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS415 Advanced Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS416 Advanced Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer