Performance as Art

dancer with cymbals

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings, to the body as language and gesture, to performance as a form of archiving. We move through the history of performance to investigate techniques of narrative, site, the audience, duration, voice, movement, installation, with a particular emphasis on documentation and how performance has engaged virtual spaces. Readings and critiques expand vocabulary in assessing performance art. Exercises explore different forms of performance building a foundation of techniques and positions for developing art-based performance work.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Any 200-level Introductory course offered by ART, CWR, DAN, MUS, THR, or VIS.




Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM


Colleen Asper