Solo Performance in Production

Intermediate—Year

This course is designed to explore various aspects of staging solo performance. Through assigned texts and viewing video performances of contemporary artists, we will examine the myriad ways of structuring solo performance and experiment with uses of technology, music, visual art, and movement. In addition, we will look at contemporary trends in performance, audience participation, direct action, ritual, and endurance, as evidenced by artists such as Marina Abromovic. We will look at uses of nontraditional texts for performance such as the poetic series. We will also examine solo performance through the lenses of culture, current events, race, ethnicity, and gender. This class will include an informal end-of-year showing. The goal of the course is for each student to create a unique and individualized vehicle for him/herself. This class meets once a week.