The study of Theatre as an art and one of the humanities, its impact upon society, and its relationship to other art forms. A collaborative and multi-disciplined art form, theatre is a synthesis of many artistic mediums and a forum for communicating new ideas. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements of theatre, its impact upon society, and its relationship to other art forms. We will examine theatrical styles and conventions, the relationship between performer and audience, design, playwriting, directing, performance traditions, theatre spaces, theatre movements and the relationship between theatre and social change. The origins of theatre and some of the fundamental differences between Eastern and Western theatre will also be a topic of discussion. The course will facilitate not only a greater understanding of theatre as an art form but help students develop an appreciative and critical eye and a desire to engage as audience members and perhaps practitioners. A significant component of the course will be attending and analyzing theatrical performances in the countries visited.
Field WorkCountry: Japan
Date: December 2, 2018
Learning Objectives: 1. Students will gain knowledge of the conventions and the literature of this traditional Japanese performing art through lecture and discussion 2. Students will further enhance their knowledge of (and appreciation for) this theatrical form in an immediate and experiential fashion through their attendance at a performance of Kabuki. 3. Students will gain the experience necessary to contextualize this theatrical form within other Japanese performance traditions.