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Performance Composition

Semester and Year SP 2004
Course Number K80.2025
Section 001
Units 4.0
Level G
Foundation Requirement


Open to qualified undergraduates with the permission of the instructor, Lenora Champagne (lenoracha@aol.com).


This class in performance composition is for those who want to discover and uncover what emerges when they participate in this process, and for students who are interested in the history of performance art. Participants will develop a solo performance through a series of exercises that utilize various strategies for generating and structuring material. (Strategies that can also be used in creating devised group work.) These performance works will emerge from a process involving improvisation (movement and text), writing and composing, and revision of material. Readings include performance texts by prominent artists, essays on performance, and video viewings. (Required texts include Jo Bonney's Extreme Exposure and Lenora Champagne's Out from Under: Texts by Women Performance Artists.) Attendance at and written analysis of solo and other edgy performances that occur during the semester and an oral presentation and research paper on a significant performance development or performance artist are also required.

Course Type

Graduate Electives (ELEC-GG)

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