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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.

1 unit — Rollins, Sanchez, Sriram

Featured Offering

Naked States of Being explores how space/time is not a white canvas that stands alone and empty. The course utilizes Delicious Movement, an experiential and experimental practice led by Eiko Otake, dancer/choreographer and interdisciplinary artist.
photo of Eiko Otake performing
Delicious Movement is an experiential and experimental course taught by Eiko Otake, dancer/choreographer and interdisciplinary artist. This course combines the "Delicious Movement Workshop" with the study of postwar Japanese arts. Through the study of movement, readings, videos, and films we will learn that space/time is not a white canvas that stands alone and empty. Here and now are continuous parts of a larger geography (space) and history (time) and as such are dense with memories, shadows, and possibilities. We will see art works and films from postwar Japan as examples of artistic representations of despair and perseverance. What is it to forget, remember, mourn, and pray? How do we transcend violence and loss? How does being or becoming a mover or dancer affect our emotional rigor, seeing/learning, and creativity? These are some of the many questions we will explore. This is not a dance class, nor is it geared toward performers. We will learn some movement together, but we encourage you to think about movement as a way to access human experiences, to nurture imagine, and to build knowledge. To learn more about the instructor, please go to eikoandkoma.org.
From the bilingual flatbed truck actos of Luis Valdez to the rhythmic coffee house choreopoems of Ntozake Shange, this course focuses on theatrical styles cultivated by the American marginalized (post WWII) with a significant part dedicated to fostering students' own playwriting ability.
Luis Valdez is an American playwright who is regarded as the father of Chicano theater in the United States.
Luis Valdez is an American playwright who is regarded as the father of Chicano theater in the United States.
This course is designed to expose you to important contemporary North American playwrights representing a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We will examine how they unpack the complexities of their background, personally and politically, in both form and content. In addition to the reading and discussion of plays, you will draw from your own background to create original work. This course is equal parts historical analysis and creative writing workshop.

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2021 Block 1 Topics in Theatre: Philosophies of the Body Topic Details Pallavi Sriram Cornerstone Art Center 302 25 / -2 09/17/2021
Fall 2021 Block 2 Topics in Theatre: Black Women and Diasporic Theatrical Expression Topic Details Lisa Marie Rollins Cornerstone Art Center 303 25 / 20 09/17/2021
Fall 2021 Block 4 Topics in Theatre: Hidden Theatre: Translating Place - part of the CC Semester in Latin America Topic Details Monica Sanchez TBA 25 / 12 09/17/2021
Spring 2022 Block 8 Topics in Theatre: Being Seen: Acting and the Camera Topic Details Monica Sanchez TBA 25 / 25 09/17/2021
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