Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Experimentation and New Media

THEATRE 7704: Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Experimentation and New Media

Advanced study of contemporary performance with particular focus on the Wexner Center for the Arts season, including New Works and New Media, theory and criticism.
Credit Hours

Offered every other year.

The course will examine issues of gender, race and class through performance. We will read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, consider the art work of Kara Walker, Kahinde Wiley, and Aminah Robinson; plays by debbie tucker green, Caryl Churchill, Adrienne Kennedy, Aimé Césaire; films such as Chris Marker’s La Jetée, Women’s Experimental Theatre’s Electra Tries to Speak, Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42cd Street and Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theatre [“the joy of this production lies in its total mix of words, music, mime and symbolism”] documentaries such as I Am Not Your Negro (text: James Baldwin/director Raoul Peck) and John Akomfrah’s The Stuart Hall Project: Revolution, Politics, Culture and the New Left Experience; performances at the Wexner Center such as the US Premiere of Jan Martens Rule of Three (Belgium) and Improbable’s Opening Skinner’s Box (UK); and in the Short North contemporary drag (both kings and queens) with Virginia West’s lavish performance.

We will have several guest speakers including Lane Czaplinski, the new director of Performance at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The class is a 4 credit graduate seminar that meets 3 hours a week on Mondays and requires attendance at several art and performance events.

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