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Fall 2017

THDA 105-01

Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: MAIN 009
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: *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.

Class meets TR, 9:40 am - 11:10 am in Old Main 009

Writing designation: WA anticipated


THDA 110-01

Introduction to Theatre Studies

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 304
  • Instructor: Claudia Tatinge Nascimento

Notes: This is a survey course that welcomes majors and non-majors. Students are exposed to a variety of modern and contemporary plays, productions, and criticism to explore the intersections of theater, identity, aesthetics, and politics. Assignments include readings and research; screenings and/or performances; script analyses and staged readings of selected scenes; and short written projects.

THDA 120-01

Acting Theory and Performance I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:30 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Robert Rosen

Notes: *First day attendance required*

An introduction to the fundamental techniques of realistic acting. Through improvisation, physical and vocal exercises, text and character analysis, and scene studies, the student is introduced to the process of acting preparation and performance. Limited to 16 students. (4 credits)


THDA 121-01

Beginning Dance Composition

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This course is the study and discipline of dance-making. Students learn the tools of the choreographer - time, space, energy - and how they can be shaped to give the body expressive power. The relationships between form, content, and technique are explored. Students choreograph short studies, improvise, discuss, and view dance on film and in live performance. The course values risk-taking and collaboration in a supportive, shared space. Through the creative process, we seek energy from a sense of investigation as opposed to the pressure to "succeed." The solo form is emphasized. No dance experience is necessary. Either this course or Intermediate Dance Composition is required for a dance minor. (4 credits)

THDA 194-01

Crafting the Tangible

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 228
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes: As our society shifts away from a human connection to the tangible, this course seeks to reconnect the student to the tangible object. Our focus will be on the process of “thinking through making.” Through a series of project based learning opportunities, students will develop an understanding of themselves, the process of “critical making,” and current performance production technologies. This course will meet in a seminar format 2-3 times a week and a studio format 1 time a week. This topics course fulfills the Technical Theater requirement of the Theater and Dance major.

THDA 194-L1

Crafting the Tangible Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR SCENE
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes:

THDA 215-01

Reading the Dancing Body:Topics in Dance History

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: Dance is an art of the body in time, space, and culture. It is a language that reflects individual, economic, social, and religious forces. This class will "read" the gender, race, and politics of the dancing body within African-American and Euro-American dance traditions from the 19th century to the early 21st century. The focus will be on theatrical dance forms in the United States including ballet, modern, and musical theater dance. Social dance will also be looked at as a predecessor to some of these genres. We will read, write, discuss, dance, view videos, and attend performances. (4 credits)

THDA 220-01

Voice and Speech

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room: 1550SM THEATER
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brinkley

Notes: *First day attendance required*

An introduction to the fundamentals of correct and successful playing of the vocal instrument of the individual human body. Using techniques of Lessac, Linklater, and Rodenburg, students learn all the elements of elocution: communication awareness and confidence; breath support; healthy voice production and projection; posture and poise; articulation; Standard American English pronunciation; vocal expressiveness. Essential for all theatre and performing arts majors, including singers, and extremely useful for anyone choosing a career such as law, teaching, politics, leadership, etc., which demands speaking to groups and public presentations. Students learn to craft their own process of vocal support practice through a continuous self analysis, journaling of classroom exercises, explorations and performance. This is a dynamic, physical, highly experiential, practical, and performance-based, lab course.

THDA 255-01

Lighting Design

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 228
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: This course is an introduction to basic lighting design and the history of lighting. While emphasis is on theater, it also teaches the lighting design of film, television, dance, opera, and environmental settings. This course is primarily an approach to lighting design, but the student will be expected to have a basic grasp of lighting hardware as well. The first aim of the course is to make the student more aware of color and light around him/her every day. Demonstrations are an integral part of the lectures. Alternate years. (4 credits)

THDA 263-01

African American Theatre

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: Sarah Bellamy

Notes: *Cross-listed with AMST 263-01*

This course is an overview of the development of theatre by and about Black Americans. It examines the historical, social, political, and cultural context of African-American Theatre. After investigating the roots of African-American Theatre in African culture, performance modes, and social values, it focuses on a study of plays written by Black Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries. Cross-listed with American Studies 263. (4 Credits)


THDA 310-01

Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course is an experiential survey of major European and U.S. performance methods, 1600-present. Through readings in theatre and performance history and theory, students will investigate the social forces that have shaped acting-as-representation: from Shakespeare's Globe through commedia dell'arte, from Stanislavski's "magic if" to Brecht's V-effekt, Barba's "paper canoe" to the ongoing U.S. performance inquiry into "presence." In a weekly intensive lab component, students will learn the specific techniques developed by and required of these practitioners and genres. Research projects will culminate in an open community workshop of exercises and techniques, incorporated by the students as part of their comprehensive inquiry into additional innovators or genres. Requirement for Theatre and Dance majors. Enrollment limited to 12 students, with preference given to Theatre and Dance major and/or minors. (4 Credits)

THDA 310-L1

Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: This course is an experiential survey of major European and U.S. performance methods, 1600-present. Through readings in theatre and performance history and theory, students will investigate the social forces that have shaped acting-as-representation: from Shakespeare's Globe through commedia dell'arte, from Stanislavski's "magic if" to Brecht's V-effekt, Barba's "paper canoe" to the ongoing U.S. performance inquiry into "presence." In a weekly intensive lab component, students will learn the specific techniques developed by and required of these practitioners and genres. Research projects will culminate in an open community workshop of exercises and techniques, incorporated by the students as part of their comprehensive inquiry into additional innovators or genres. Requirement for Theatre and Dance majors. Enrollment limited to 12 students, with preference given to Theatre and Dance major and/or minors. (4 Credits)

THDA 341-01

Intermediate Dance Composition

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: In this course, the student has the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the craft of dancing-making. They embody the tools of space, time and energy with greater clarity, and become fluent with compositional structures as they choreograph solo, duet, and group forms. They begin to touch more deeply into their distinct power and vision as an artist. Collaboration, risk-taking, investigation, and joy are valued within the support of a shared space. (4 credits)

THDA 489-01

Seminar in Performance Theory and Practice

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: ARTCOM 102
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: *First day attendance required*

What are the hopes of performance and performance theory in the current era of globalization? How to 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, and critical race theory contribute to our study of contemporary Performance Theory. Specific theme may vary by semester, depending on instructor. (4 credits)

THDA 21-01

African-Based Movement I

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: This African Based Movement course focuses on dance inspired by West Africa, as well as other regions of the continent, the Caribbean, Americas, and the African Diaspora at large. This physically rigorous class is rooted in a communal environment and is accompanied by a drummer. Students will learn African- based dance technique, characteristics, and the fundamental connection between the drums and the dance. They will also create in-class movement projects and presentations. Though this class may focus on traditional dance at times, it is not a tradition-specific class. All are welcome. (1 credit)

THDA 41-01

Modern Dance I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This introductory level course is a joyous and demanding exploration of the theory, technique, and terminology of modern dance as a performing art. Students engage fully with their bodies and minds as they deepen their strength, sense of rhythm, flexibility, and coordination. The course develops skills in inversions, floorwork, and balance based in clear alignment. (1 credit)

THDA 43-01

Modern Dance III

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:40 pm-06:10 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Marciano Silva Dos Santos

Notes: In this joyous and highly physical intermediate course, students continue to build upon their skills as expressive dancers through active alignment, coordination, musicality, spatial awareness and nuanced moving. Clarity in increasingly complex movement sequences is emphasized. May be repeated for credit. (1 credit)


THDA 51-01

Ballet I

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:50 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is a beginning ballet technique class. The goal is to demonstrate fundamental understanding and execution of ballet technique. It will include barre work, center-floor, and across-the-floor combinations. (1 credit)

THDA 53-01

Ballet III

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is an intermediate ballet class and is geared for students who have developed proficient skills at the barre and in the center. Center will include pirouettes, adage, beats, and more complex combinations. Students will develop a more advanced vocabulary while continuing to focus on placement, alignment, flexibility, strength, and fluidity and connection of movement. The refinement of technical skills and performance skills with longer combinations will be emphasized. (1 credit)

Spring 2018

THDA 120-01

Acting Theory and Performance I

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Robert Rosen

Notes: *First day attendance required*

An introduction to the fundamental techniques of realistic acting. Through improvisation, physical and vocal exercises, text and character analysis, and scene studies, the student is introduced to the process of acting preparation and performance. Limited to 16 students.

THDA 213-01

Cultures of Dance

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This course begins with the question: What makes dance powerful? Why do people throughout the world and throughout history dance? This course looks at dance from a global point of view, examining its forms and functions in the lives of individuals and societies. We observe dance as an art form, as a sacred act, as an instrument of power, as a training in gender identity, and as social action. Dance can be an act of defiance or transcendence. It can educate or corrupt. In all cases, the dancing body reflects the meanings imputed by the culture from which it arises and informs.

THDA 220-01

Voice and Speech

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brinkley

Notes: *First day attendance required*

An introduction to the fundamentals of correct and successful playing of the vocal instrument of the individual human body. Using techniques of Lessac, Linklater, and Rodenburg, students learn all the elements of elocution: communication awareness and confidence; breath support; healthy voice production and projection; posture and poise; articulation; Standard American English pronunciation; vocal expressiveness. Essential for all theatre and performing arts majors, including singers, and extremely useful for anyone choosing a career such as law, teaching, politics, leadership, etc., which demands speaking to groups and public presentations. Students learn to craft their own process of vocal support practice through a continuous self analysis, journaling of classroom exercises, explorations and performance. This is a dynamic, physical, highly experiential, practical, and performance-based, lab course.

THDA 230-01

Physical Approaches

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Robert Rosen

Notes: This laboratory course offers intensive training in making theatre from action . Based on the teaching of Jacques Lecoq and his school of physical theatre training in Paris, work will focus on the observation, re-creation and transposition of daily life to create a theatre that is at once playful, emotional and creative. Course work will include an examination of the natural world and all its movements, our relationship with space and time, the neutral and larval masks and object manipulation. We will use improvisation, games and exercises to develop physical and creative skills with which to create original work; training includes basic acrobatics, balancing and juggling. Applied analyses of professional productions are required, as are written analyses of course work and individual progress. The goal of the course is to encourage curiosity and exploration to engage the student as creator, designer and performer. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Prerequisite(s): THDA 120 or other performance training strongly encouraged.

THDA 235-01

Fundamentals of Scenography

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 228
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: Scenography is the creation of imagined spaces for performance. In this course we will study the fundamentals of scenography holistically, including scenic, lighting, costume, sound, and projection design. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique elements of performance design, articulating design ideas verbally and through writing, and completing a design project from analysis to tangible object. (4 credits)

THDA 250-01

Experiential Anatomy and the Mind Body Connection

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: Through reading, writing, research, hands-on exercises, and structured movement activities, this course will explore the body's design and function of the respiratory, musculo-skeletal, skin, and organ systems. We will use dance and the Alexander technique as tools to cultivate direct knowledge of anatomy and alignment.

THDA 262-01

Performing Feminisms

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 213
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: *Cross-listed with WGSS 262-01; first day attendance required*

Feminisms in performance - whether on an actual theater stage or in offstage force fields of politics, history and culture - are the concern of this course. Through feminist, queer and performance theories of the body, representation, identification and spectatorship, and through the reading of plays, students will engage with the historic and contemporary practices of feminisms and performance-making. Attending performances, viewing films and performance documents will contribute to students' capacities to write critically about feminist performance practices.

THDA 294-01

Clothing in Performance

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: LIBR 250
  • Instructor: Lynn Farrington

Notes: From classic theater and dance performance, to CosPlay and Re-enactments, clothing as costume is one of the main ways we visually build a character and present it to the viewer. This class will present an overview of fashion and costume history as the basis for the design process. We will examine design techniques and media, both traditional and digital, and design the clothing for characters based on scripted, devised, or choreographed work. We will then look at the systems for translating these two-dimensional designs to fit the human form via drafting and crafting methods.

THDA 350-01

Directing and Devising: Making Meaning on the Stage

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: 1550SM
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

Whether the stage is a narrow room, an open field or a proper theatre, making nonhaphazard meaning there requires knowledge of performance history - "what came here before ?" - compositional skill - "how and in what combinations do these visual/aural languages signtify ?" -  and collaborative expertise. Students in this course will research the international history of theatre directing and devising since the late nineteenth century, learning from a variety of documents about process, vocabulary, composition and production. They will collaborate on an original class devising project, establishing the new work's aesthetic codes, communication practices, and production logistics. They will also conduct extensive research, script analyses and design prospectus of playwrights' work for their final public directing assignments in the one-act play form. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Prerequisite(s): THDA 120, THDA 125 and THDA 235 or permission of the instructor

THDA 360-01

Acting Theory and Performance II

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 116
  • Instructor: Claudia Tatinge Nascimento

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required; cross-listed with LATI 394-02* This spring 2018, Acting II will focus on the study of psychophysical actions, an approach developed by Russian director and pedagogue Konstantin Stanislavsky. Polish director Jerzy Grotowski continued Stanislavsky's research, though outside of the frame of Realism. Taking the theme “cartographies of identity” as a point of department, students will learn how to develop repeatable psychophysical scores, and write and perform two short pieces about personages linked to immigration and/or displacement—the first on a member of their family, the second based on archival research into the history of a stranger. The course includes writing these two pieces of creative fiction, as well as physical and vocal training. Please note that Acting II will hold three weekend sessions outside of regular class meeting times, attendance is mandatory: the weekend of January 20 and 21, 1-5pm; Saturday, March 3, 1-5pm, and Saturday, March 31, 1-5pm. THDA120, Acting I or THDA121, Beginning Dance Composition strongly recommended. May count as an Arts in Context for the Latin American Studies Program major, depending on the student’s individual projects.

THDA 21-01

African-Based Movement I

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: 1550SM DANCE
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: This course will focus on dance inspired by West Africa and other African regions, the Caribbean, and the Americas. It is rooted in a communal environment and is supported and accompanied by a drummer. Students will learn fundamentals of African based movement including characteristics, technique, and about the relationship between the drums and the dance. They will create in-class dance projects and presentations. Although the focus may be on traditional dance at times, this is not a traditional specific class.

THDA 22-01

African-Based Movement II

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: 1550SM DANCE
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: This course focuses on dance inspired by West African and other African regions, the Caribbean, and the Americas. It is rooted in a communal environment and is supported and accompanied by a live musician/drummer. Students continue building on fundamental principles and technique, including more complex polyrhythmic aspects of the movement, while deepening the inter-connected relationship with the drums. They also create in-class dance projects and presentations. May be repeated for credit. S/N grading only. Prerequisite(s): THDA 21 or permission of instructor

THDA 23-01

Advanced African-Based Movement: Ensemble

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:45 pm-06:15 pm
  • Room: 1550SM DANCE
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: *Permission of instructor required* This course focuses on selected histories and techniques of dance forms from West Africa and the African diaspora including the Caribbean and the Americas. It is intended for students who have completed African-Based Movement I and II, and who want to deepen their training and understanding of these forms. The course includes the creation of researched choreography culminating in one or more informal performances. Permission of instructor required/audition.


THDA 31-01

Dance Improvisation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: LEOCTR STUDIO 2
  • Instructor: Krista Langberg

Notes: Find expression and embodiment through the practice of movement improvisation. Open to all levels of ability. Come with a desire to move, an open mind and a willingness to explore in a non-competitive environment. We will learn to fall, roll and work with gravity in relationship to ourselves and others. The class will introduce you to contact improvisation, the "art-sport" developed by Steve Paxton in 1972. Relieve stress and balance your mind and body through physical awareness. May be repeated for credit. S/N grading only.

THDA 42-01

Modern Dance II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: 1550SM DANCE
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This beginning/advanced beginning level course builds on skills introduced in Modern Dance I. It is a joyous and demanding exploration of the theory, technique, and terminology of modern dance as a performing art. Students engage fully with their bodies and minds as they deepen their strength, sense of rhythm, alignment, flexibility, and coordination. An emphasis is placed on the joy of moving in an expressive and highly physical manner. May be repeated for credit.

THDA 44-01

Modern Dance IV

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 05:20 pm-06:50 pm
  • Room: 1550SM DANCE
  • Instructor: Michel Kouakou

Notes: The purpose of the technique class is to allow the intermediate to advanced modern dance student to explore and discover him/herself as an articulate and expressive mover. Classwork continues to involve space, time and energy with specific emphasis on alignment, power, momentum, articulation, clarity of intent, musicality, strength, stretch, and stamina. Class consists of in-place warm-ups, technical exercises and dance phrases applying the technique addressed.

THDA 52-01

Ballet II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: 1550SM DANCE
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This ballet technique class is for students with some experience in classical ballet. The goal is to demonstrate a beginning to intermediate dancer's understanding and execution of ballet technique. It will include barre work, center-floor, and across-the-floor combinations. May be repeated for credit. S/N grading only.

THDA 54-01

Ballet IV

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: 1550SM DANCE
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: *Course meets Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:00 and Friday 3:30-4:30*

This is the highest level of ballet at Macalester and is a continuation and progression of Ballet III. It is assumed at this level that the student has acquired and practiced work covered in previous levels. Students will refine vocabulary and strive to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, and artistry within their movements. Proper alignment, musicality, clarity of movement will be emphasized. Students are expected to pick up movement quickly and dance with speed and accuracy and demonstrate control. Corrections should be applied and refined quickly. May be repeated for credit. S/N grading only. Prerequisite(s): THDA 51, THDA 52, and THDA 53