FALL 2020 DEPARTMENT OF THEATER COURSES
THEA 10.29: TEXT ANALYSIS-TOOLS FOR INTERPRETATION
with Professor Peter Hackett
A dramatic text is like a musical score. In order to understand a play, a theater artist must first learn to "read music." This course will focus on the tools that allow an artist to understand the dramatic "score" and ultimately to translate the playwright's words Into action on stage. The playwright's tools: Style, Setting, Mood, Theme, Environment, Character, Language, Action, Objective, Obstacles, will be defined and discussed. Email Professor Hackett with questions.
THEA 10.33: CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE
with Professor Sam Lazar
If you want to check out this class, connect on Tuesday 9/15 at 10:20 am to the first class as a visitor via Zoom. (https://dartmouth.zoom.us/j/4036971928)
This course introduces and examines trends in international performance practices since 2000, with an emphasis on the past decade. All of this work is theatrical, but none of it is traditional theater. Topics include virtual performance, theater as activism and social practice, documentary performance, eco-performance, visual "live art," movement performance, and interactive work that centers the spectator's experience. The course will feature multiple visits with artists who are in residence, performing, or developing interdisciplinary work at the Hopkins Center. We will experience works live when possible and view video documentation of many others. Artists' writings and articles from performing arts writings and articles from performing arts journals will offer theory and context. Email Professor Lazar with questions.