RCCORE 334 - Special Topics
Section: 003 From the Page to the Stage and Back
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
2 - 3
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Course meet times: 12 Wed. nights 7-10 pm in the Keene Theater (unless otherwise announced) (dates to be determined on the first night of class) plus four 20-minute private diction and coaching lessons (to be scheduled after the first week). Students must keep Sunday, Feb. 4 free to attend a concert of Schubert’s “Winterreise” (4 pm) at Lydia Mendelsohn theater. ($15/person).

This semester RC Deutsches Theater’s “From the Page to the Stage” will add a new component: “From the Stage to the Page.” In general, we will explore the theme of “Winterreise” (A Winter Journey) through theater, music, and movement workshops and we will devote class time to honing our ability to work with text, image and performance. In particular, we will study the Schubert “Winterreise” song cycle, and Jelinek’s novel-turned-play by the same name, which contains intertext and references to Schubert. We will also consider the “Winterreise” by the newly formed refugee acting ensemble at the Gorki Theater in Berlin, which took its title from Schubert. Our work will be guided by three ongoing processes that are critical to all creative work: perception, performance, and reflection. We will consider questions such as: how does an artist (playwright, musician) incorporate the work of another into her/his own work; and what is the relationship between rhythms, images, and intertexts in pieces intended for performance? Every week, we will use primary texts in German (when possible English translations will also be available) to learn to express ideas on stage, and also to try our hand at putting something on the page, i.e., we will use primary works as a basis for creating our own visual, written and performance texts.

Outcomes for the course will be: familiarity with primary works (and the poems by Müller that inspired Schubert’s music); improved diction in German; increasing flexibility and confidence working with peers and individually to interpret and experiment boldly on stage and on the page. This course emphasizes process over product and assessment will be largely based on students’ willingness to participate actively, on their flexibility, the quality of work on assignments, and on demonstrated growth.

To get into the course, students must demonstrate interest in German and music, theater, movement, painting or creative writing, though experience in the arts is not required. Students must have at least reading knowledge of German and a desire/willingness to use multiple approaches to get at the meaning of text. Course materials will be in German, though whenever possible, English translations will also be provided. The course will be taught, using both English and German.

Admission to the course is by permission of instructor. Art and Music School students are encouraged to take the course. All students interested in the course should schedule a brief (15-20 minute) meeting or Facetime/Skype chat with course instructor Janet Hegman Shier, to learn more and to determine whether this is a good course for them. At that time, students can also learn about prospects for an (optional) Winterreise over Spring Break to Europe, where we would explore first-hand ideas from the course, see theater, travel, reflect, and create an artist’s journal in the form of an altered book with original paintings and texts.

RCCORE 334 - Special Topics
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
25528
Open
32
 
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M 3:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
20699
Open
30
 
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TuTh 7:00PM - 8:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
32119
Open
15
 
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MW 3:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
23193
Open
15
5RC Ugrd
-
 
005 (SEM)
P
29671
Open
25
 
-
 
006 (SEM)
P
31365
Open
16
 
-
 
007 (SEM)
P
24566
Open
21
 
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Note: In registering for this course, students must commit to attend an all day training session on Saturday, January 10, with staff in the morning and instructors in the afternoon.
008 (SEM)
P
32231
Open
20
 
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