This is a class in solo performance composition primarily for performers, dancers and for students interested in performance art and its histories. Participants develop a solo performance through a series of exercises using memory, movement and written and visual imagery, and explore the associative strategies of collage and pastiche as methodologies for structuring material. The solos emerge from a process involving improvisation (movement and text), composing, and revision of material. Readings include performance texts by prominent artists, essays on performance, and video viewings, which foreground the tendency in performance to explore subjectivity and identity in light of social and political critique. Required texts include Jo Bonney’s Extreme Exposure , C. Carr's On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century , and Lenora Champagne’s Out from Under: Texts by Women Performance Artists . Additional readings include Colin Counsell, "Postmodernism and Performance Art," Roselee Goldberg, "Performance: A Hidden History," Jonathan Kalb, "Documentary Solo Performance: The Politics of the Mirrored Self," and an essay by Coco Fusco. Assignments include a solo performance created from the material developed in class (rather than "polishing" an already created piece), along with a written analysis of two live solo performances, and an oral presentation. Strategies learned in this class are also useful for composing group work.
Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)