2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Poetics and Performance


Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Ariel Goldberger theatrical design, experimental performance, puppet theater, Leonard Schwartz philosophy, creative writing

Fields of Study: aesthetics, literature, theater and writing


Winter: Enrollment Closed  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


This program will explore of the disciplines of poetics, experimental puppet theater, and performance. How do words, light, sound and bodies interact? Is there a way to use words which does not weaken the use of the other senses, but allows one to discover shadows of sound and rustlings of vision in language? Are there ways of using text in visually based performance that do not take for granted the primacy of text? Students will be required to complete reading, writing and artistic projects towards these ends. The poetry and theater writing of Antonin Artaud will be central to our work.

Faculty members will support student work by offering workshop components in poetry, puppet theater and movement. Students will produce weekly projects that combine and explore the relationship of puppet theater and poetry in experimental modes. Readings might include the works of such authors as Artaud, Tadeusz Kantor, Richard Foreman, Susan Sontag, Kamau Brathwaite, Hannah Arendt and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Student work and progress will be presented weekly in all-program critique sessions.

Maximum Enrollment: 48

Special Expenses: $110 for art materials and studio use, $50 for theater tickets, and $50 reimbursable studio deposit fee for clean up.

May be offered again in: 2014-15

Preparatory for studies or careers in: poetics, performance, puppetry and creative writing.

Campus Location: Olympia

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
April 15th, 2010 This program is no longer being offered.