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College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

THDA 245 - Performance Histories and Theories: From the Historical Avant-Garde to the Present

By examining key movements in dance and theater history from the late 19th century to the present, this seminar explores the active relationship between theoretical thought and aesthetic innovation on stage. Through close readings of primary, secondary, and critical texts, the course highlights the ways in which dance and theater advanced movement by movement, each “ism” a reaction to what came before, and how the transformation from historical avant-garde to experimental contemporary performance represents dynamic and cumulative ruptures with the mainstream. Ultimately, they shape how we imagine, see, and create dance and theater today. Students’ work in this seminar will culminate in an individual critical writing project. Required for Theatre and Dance majors. Prerequisite(s): Preference given to Theatre and Dance major and/or minors. Spring semester. (4 Credits)