What makes a performance engaging?
How do we engage performance?
What can we learn from our own responses to a performance?
Connecting students with high-profile performances in the U-M community, this new course introduces the performing arts (music, dance, and theater) as an integral part of our lives and the world at large.
Engaging Performance is made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a partnership between the University of Michigan and the University Musical Society (UMS). The course gives students a rare opportunity to see a series of UMS events and interact closely with some of the visiting artists, who are internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Students will attend live performances of the Kronos String Quartet (Jan 18), West African music (Feb 7), Brazilian dance (Feb 14), international theater (Feb 21), Latin jazz (March 14), Music of Pakistan (March 24) and the Brahms Requiem (April 4). Instead of a textbook, students will purchase a package of seven UMS tickets at special discount of $5 each ($35 total).
Classroom activities will include discussion before and after each performance, readings about performance in general, exploration of performance “behind the scenes” with UMS staff, visiting artists, and guest faculty, and hands-on response to the performance experience. Students will hone writing skills through course blogging, including interaction with UMSLobby blog; they will also develop a final project that engages critically and/or creatively with one of the performances they have seen. Course requirements include regular attendance in class and at performances, active participation, timely submission of blogging assignments and presentation of final project; no mid-term and no final exam.
Open to undergraduates at all levels and across all departments at the University of Michigan; no previous experience or special training in arts is required. For more information contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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