Catalog Description: Global Theatre History, explored through an examination of text, style, and cultural context.
This class examines the theatre and traditions from a variety of cultures, some of which we will see first-hand on this voyage. Some of these forms share common European roots, and most developed both independently and interdependently. Theatre has flourished worldwide for millennia; this course introduces many of its forms and traces its development.
Each port we visit has a culture shaped and is shaped by performance of theatre, dance, opera, puppetry, and festivals. We will look in-depth and in-person the rich diversity of performance in China, Vietnam, India, South Africa, Brazil, Morocco, and Spain, discuss how they compare and contrast it to theatre styles, themes, and conventions of other each other, how it expresses and informs each of our cultures, and discover how our personal expectations might change by what we’ve learned and seen first-hand.
Field WorkCountry: Spain
Date: February 19, 2022