Students will learn to recognize how storytelling and meaning are constructed in the universal language of theatre. Play texts, films, collaborative group work and lectures will be used to examine all aspects of theatre – structure, form, genre, style and the creative process of how ideas and stories are
transformed into theatre. The historical context of theater – performance conventions, architecture, social impact and audience expectations will serve as a way of understanding our contemporary theatre and its place in our society and in our individual lives.
Special focus will be given to the unique storytelling traditions of the countries we will be visiting on
our voyage and how they play a role in our world’s universal need for live theater. Students will be expected to attend live performances in several of these countries and will have a variety class assignments based on these experiences.
Field WorkCountry: India
Day: 1 - Cochin - 9 March
Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world. It originated in the area of southwestern India now known as the state of Kerala. Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The technique of Kathakali includes a highly developed language of gesture, through which the artist can convey whole sentences and stories. The body movements and footwork are very rigorous. Students will participate in a hands-on Kathakali workshop, view a traditional performance and share two traditional Indian meals. Academic Objectives:
- Students will learn the symbolic, cultural and ritual significance of traditional Indian Theatre.
- Students will actively participate in a workshop of Kathakali (Dance, Acting, Music, Make-Up).
- Students will draw storytelling connections from Indian performance to their class work and lives.