Objects in Performance: An Experimental Laboratory
NEW! Last Updated: 03/01/2010
Faculty: Ariel Goldberger puppet theatre, experimental theater, performing arts
Faculty Signature Required: Students must submit an application for admission into the program. Application forms will be available by mid-February 2010 through the Seminar II Program Secretary's office (A2117) and the Communication Building Information Office (3rd floor). For more information, contact Ariel Goldberger (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications received by the winter quarter Academic Fair 2010 will be given priority. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.
Major areas of study include Object Theater, Puppet Theatre, Performance, Experimental Theater, Performing Arts
Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
Prerequisites: One year of coordinated studies showing positive evaluations (for Sophomore to Senior students) and proof of excellent college level writing skills (for all students).
This program aims to engage students in an intensive study of Object Theatre and Experimental Puppet Theatre through the development of performance projects. This aim will be implemented through a pedagogy organized around seven integrated tracks: performance, technique, theory, body, text, critique, and seminar. Participants will study innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to experimental performance by developing performance projects, studying readings on avant-garde and contemporary performance, and video recordings.
In this program we will strive to generate an artistic learning community with the goal of creating performances using objects in performance, such as puppets and other objects. The program will require intensive rehearsals, and copious dedication of time and effort. For students who have an interest in experimental world-class puppetry and performance, the program will strive to offer opportunities to expand performance skills, theoretical awareness, and technical expertise, while developing an ability to think in complex analytical and critical modes about performance events. Depending on student capacity and drive, a performance directed by the faculty and student-originated work will be included in the class. The program will also be a laboratory for the development of a teaching model based on interdisciplinary pedagogical modes, intuitive thinking, focus on artistic process, holistic approaches, imaginative thinking, self-directed learning, and collaborative work.
This program welcomes enthusiastic and motivated students ready to do intensive work. Students should be prepared to apply their interests to performance projects that explore re-definitions of what we understand as puppet theatre, and invest effective time outside of scheduled class times to rehearse and prepare their performance projects. Weekly work-in-progress critiques, developed with student facilitation, will focus on each project's progress. Students will begin work starting from "known" ideas based on project descriptions, and will develop the projects towards the discovery of unexpected and surprising results. The program will culminate in a public performance, at the discretion of the faculty.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Special Expenses: $200 for pooled purchase of studio supplies and theater tickets, plus special individual expenses for project needs depending on the student’s individual projects.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in puppet theater, performing arts, and careers that require imagination, collaboration, and problem solving