Special Topics in Contemporary Practice: Creating Collaboratively, Collaborating Creatively

Choreographer/director Pavel Zustiak, composer/musician Shawn Jaeger, and visiting guest scenographers lead this workshop on the interdisciplinary creative process, with the aim to collaboratively research, create, and perform. How do moving bodies, sound/music, and scenography interact to carry the narrative of contemporary performance toward a unified, singular vision? Through playful experimentation, loosening of control by means of interdependent creative decision-making, we will create, critique, and present in-progress showings and tap into new personal artistic territory.

Sample reading list:
Anne Bogart, Director Prepares, Routledge, 2001
Meg Stuart, Jeroen Peeters, Are We Here Yet, Presses Du Reel, 2011
Rebstock, Matthias and Roesner, David, eds., Composed Theatre: Aesthetics, Practices, Processes
Hans-Thies Lehmann, Postdramatic Theatre. New York: Routledge, 2006
Romeo Castellucci, et al, The Theatre of Societas Raffaello Sanzio, New York, 2007
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 25 pages per week of reading. 3-5 pages writing assignments per week, 1-2 short writing assignments, field trips to see shows, 2-4 hours of outside rehearsal, and in-progress showing of works at the end of the semester.

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
Course is suitable for choreographers/directors, composers/sound designers, and visual artists. Saturday studio time will be provided for students to develop and rehearse class projects with their collaborators. Studio time will be student-structured and -directed: collaborative teams will be responsible for working out a schedule and sharing the space. Teams may elect to rehearse at other times, but will be responsible for finding alternative rehearsal space.




Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm