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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated May 3, 2015 at 04:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
THDA 105-01  Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 205 Kanta Kochhar
*First Year Course only; first day attendance required* The goal of this course is to introduce first-year students to live performance in the exciting arts scene of the Twin Cities. Students in this class learn approaches to studying theatre and performance events and texts, and begin to practice the vocabularies of scholarship in the field of theatre and performance studies. We attend performances at professional theatres, and at Macalester College. In this process of studied spectatorship, students learn how to critically attend, discuss, and write about theatre and performance events, learning the vocabularies of the field. In addition to providing an overview of performance in the Twin Cities, there will be two special topics sections: one on “Theatre in Education” and one on the THDA departmental theme for the year, “Dreaming the World Forward.”

THDA 115-01  Cultures of Dance
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm THEATR 205 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 120-01  Acting Theory and Performance I
MWF 12:00 pm-01:30 pm THEATR STUDIO Harry Waters Jr.
*Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

THDA 121-01  Beginning Dance Composition
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 194-01  Crafting the Tangible: Technologies of Performance
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 205 Thomas Barrett
 
THDA 194-L1  Technologies Performance Lab
T 08:00 am-11:10 am THEATR Thomas Barrett
 
THDA 220-01  Voice and Speech
MWF 02:20 pm-04:00 pm THEATR 3 Cheryl Brinkley
*First day attendance required*

THDA 235-01  Fundamentals of Scene Design
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 204 Megan Reilly
 
THDA 263-01  African American Theatre
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 205 Harry Waters Jr.
*Cross-listed with AMST 263-01 and ENGL 294-06; first day attendance required*

THDA 294-01  Global Theatre Histories in 80 Days
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR STUDIO Kanta Kochhar
This course will provide an overview of theatre and drama across world cultures. In the first part of the course, we will frame our study in the context of theatre history itself. As we proceed, we will also consider how an interdisciplinary approach can provide us with a fresh perspective on the topic, and we will investigate global theatre histories through specific organizing lens Jules Verne’s adventure novel, Around the World in 80 Days (as well as parts of 80 Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History Making Race Around the World). The novel, which has also been adapted into performance form, provides a format for time travel back to 1872 and to daily life, politics, and theater around the world through the anchor points of where the novel touches down. In order to understand global theaters during in 1872, we will need to further engage with prior past theatre histories, track cultural exchanges that influenced the emergence of certain theatres during the respective time periods, and look at how these trajectories manifest in contemporary global theatres. We will also critique notions of travel, globalization, colonialism/postcolonialism, transnationalism, and related topics, such as the politics of identity and difference through the lens of the 1872 tale, while also considering how this excavation process can help inform our understanding of what Arjun Appadurai has termed the “future as a cultural fact.” The course will culminate in an extended arts-based project (creative writing, performance, media, and critical analysis) where we create and showcase our own “Around Global Theatre Histories in 80 Days.”

THDA 341-01  Intermediate Dance Composition
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 489-01  Seminar in Performance Theory and Practice
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 205 Kanta Kochhar
*First day attendance required* What are the hopes of performance and performance theory in the current era of globalization? How do aesthetic and social projects, including visual art, theatre, performance events, and dance, engage with the many registers of thinking, what Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak calls ‘a planetary’ arts and criticism? In this class we assess some of the ways that performance artists and theorists conceptualize and address formal artistic methodologies, culture, and the politics of performance in an era of globalization. Our premise is that all researchers are cultural producers, at once located within processes of globalization and mapping their terrains. Understanding theory as the attempt to practice and articulate methods of action (nothing more, nothing less) we examine some of the essential critical vocabularies for thinking performance and the social together. Readings in Performance research, in addition to Critical Theory, Feminist/Queer Theory, Disability Studies, Eco-Criticism, and critical race theory contribute to our study of contemporary Performance Theory.

THDA 21-01  African-Based Movement I
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 6 Patricia Brown
 
THDA 41-01  Modern Dance I
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 43-01  Modern Dance III
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 6 Brian Evans
 
THDA 51-01  Ballet I
MW 02:20 pm-03:50 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 
THDA 53-01  Ballet III
TR 04:40 pm-06:10 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 

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Spring 2016 Class Schedule - updated May 3, 2015 at 04:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
THDA 120-01  Acting Theory and Performance I
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm THEATR STUDIO STAFF
 
THDA 145-01  Make-Up Design and Application
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 205 Thomas Barrett
$50 materials fee will be charged*

THDA 215-01  Topics in Dance History: Reading the Dancing Body
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm THEATR 204 Jill Lile
 
THDA 220-01  Voice and Speech
MWF 02:20 pm-04:00 pm THEATR 205 Cheryl Brinkley
*First day attendance required*

THDA 230-01  Physical Approaches
MWF 02:20 pm-04:30 pm THEATR STUDIO Robert Rosen
 
THDA 262-01  Performing Feminisms
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm Beth Cleary
*Cross-listed with WGSS 262-01*

THDA 294-01  THDA Topics Course
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 204 Kanta Kochhar
 
THDA 294-02  Dance and the Brain:The Neuroaesthetics of Neuroentrainment
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am THEATR 205 Lile, Wiertelak
*Cross-listed with NEUR 394-01 and PSYC 394-02*

THDA 350-01  Directing and Devising: Making Meaning on the Stage
MWF 02:20 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 204 Beth Cleary
*First day attendance required*

THDA 360-01  Acting II
MWF 09:40 am-11:50 am THEATR STUDIO Harry Waters Jr.
*Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

THDA 465-01  Advanced Lighting Design
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR 205 STAFF
 
THDA 22-01  African-Based Movement II
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm THEATR 6 Patricia Brown
 
THDA 31-01  Dance Improvisation
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am THEATR 6 Krista Langberg
 
THDA 42-01  Modern Dance II
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm THEATR 6 Wynn Fricke
 
THDA 44-01  Modern Dance IV
MW 04:00 pm-05:20 pm THEATR 6 Brian Evans
 
THDA 52-01  Ballet II
MW 02:00 pm-03:50 pm THEATR 6 Jill Lile
 

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