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    Macalester College
  Feb 20, 2018
College Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

THDA 310 - Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints

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. Every fall. (4 Credits)