Atelier Courses


Experiments in Opera

ATL 495 · Spring 2023

C01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aaron Siegel · A.M. Homes

Are you a singer, dancer, actor, composer, director, poet, playwright, novelist, or perhaps circus artist or stand-up comedian? Join us in an exploration of the ultimate multi-hyphenate-opera. Students will have a front row seat to an early-phase project, and create their own work as we explore the nature of musical storytelling and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

How to Write a Song

ATL 496 / CWR 496 · Spring 2023

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Bridget Kearney · Stew

Taught by Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Stew (Passing Strange) with class visits from guest singer/songwriters and music critics, this course is an introduction to the art of writing words for music, an art at the core of our literary tradition from the Beowulf poet through Lord Byron and Bessie Smith to Bob Dylan and the Notorious B.I.G.. Composers, writers and performers will have the opportunity to work in small songwriting teams to respond to such emotionally charged themes as Gratitude, Loss, Protest, Desire, Joyousness, Remorse, and Defiance.

Tap Dance Experiments in Video and Sound/Rhythm: SOIL, SAND, BONE

ATL 497 / AAS 497 / DAN 497 · Spring 2023

C01 — DeForrest Brown, Ariel Rene Jackson + Michael J. Love · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Ariel "Aryel" René Jackson · Michael J. Love

Students in this course will work with Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love and his collaborators, film-based artist Ariel René Jackson and rhythmanalyst DeForrest Brown, Jr., to develop a new multi-channel video and live performance installation—to feature video by Jackson, live performance by the students (choreographed and directed by Love), and an electronic music-based composition by Brown. Students will engage with curated readings and media, lectures by Love, Jackson, and Brown, and weekly technique classes and choreography rehearsals. The course will culminate in a live performance and exhibition.

Missing Black Women

ATL 498 / AAS 498 / GSS 498 · Spring 2023

C01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Davalois Fearon · Mahogany L. Browne · Patricia Smith

Poet Patricia Smith, Poet and Executive Director of JustMedia Mahogany Browne, and choreographer Davalois Fearon will collaborate through the course to craft a multimedia theatrical production that shines an unflinching light on the problem of missing Black women and girls. In 2020, 268,884 women were reported missing, and nearly 100,000 were Black women and girls, but there is a huge disparity in how the cases of Black missing girls and women are treated by media and law enforcement. The artists will work with students interested in music, theater, and dance to assemble the production, which will then be performed for the Princeton community.

Sites of Memory: Gender, Performance, and the Law

ATL 499 / AAS 499 / ENG 499 · Spring 2023

C01 — Autumn M. Womack + Patricia Williams · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Autumn Womack

Students will collaborate with legal scholar Patricia Williams, literary historian Autumn Womack, and guest artists and performers to creatively explore the theatrical and performative archives that animate what we'll understand as black (gendered) legal performances. We will investigate a range of sites—from the Margaret Garner trial to Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing—and the embodied, visual and sonic histories that score them. Alongside filmmakers, visual artists, and performers, students will construct a multi-modal creative record that fills in the silences and supplements the noise that accompanies these trials.