ALA 260 - Humanities Topics in ALA
Section: 001 Engaging Performance
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Applied Liberal Arts (ALA)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course connects undergraduate students directly to the touring, world-class artists who perform music, theater, and dance on the U-M campus. Students will attend live performances, talk with the artists and the arts administrators who help get them here, and explore how the performing arts are an integral part of our lives and the world at large. Class will include lectures (including some by guests and visiting artists), weekly discussion sections, required attendance at evening performances, interactive classroom activities, weekly readings, reaction papers about the performances, and group presentations and/or performances from students in class.

Students will attend live performances of:

• Urban Bush Women’s Hair & Other Stories

Underground Railroad Game, a daring new theatre work about race in the United States.

• singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane’s new song cycle Book of Travelers

• an opera in concert production of the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

• Company Wang Ramirez’s Borderline, a contemporary dance work fusing cultures and styles

• a concert at the Michigan Theater capturing the blues tradition in the Piedmont region of the United States

• the dance-theatre work of Nederlands Dans Theater

• legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea with the Lincoln Center Orchestra

These performances constitute the course’s primary “textbook,” and the full package of tickets is available to students enrolled in the course for the dramatically reduced rate of $120. 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).

ALA 260 - Humanities Topics in ALA
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (DIS)
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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