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TPST-228 Performance and Activism
Spring for 2014-2015
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This intermediate community-based class engages students in pursuing activism through performance, and performance as activism. Can theater change the world? What, in effect, are the politics of performance? This course navigates those questions by offering an introduction to the history and theory of activist performance while also engaging students in a community-based performance practicum. Throughout the semester, we will engage with diverse theories and practices of activist art-making by reading, viewing, and critiquing performances from the late 20th and early 21st century civil rights, feminist, Chicano/a, LGBTQ, anti-globalization, and prison reform/abolition movements. We will then place that work in conversation with our own experiences partnering with local communities to facilitate an original performance process that responds to the unique needs and interests of those communities. A significant amount of off-campus research/rehearsal time will be required for this four-credit course, which accounts for lengthened class-times. Cross-listed with American Studies and CSJ.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: None
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