THTREMUS 399 - Topics in Drama
Section: 003 Health, Gender, and Performance
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Theatre and Drama (THTREMUS)
Department: Music: Theatre and Drama
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will look at contemporary uses of theatre and performance in medical and health contexts. We will investigate the use of performance among NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and medical education providers, and how performance artists use art to interrogate categories of health, gender and sexuality. We will find out about new ways of conceiving arts’ power to intervene or change (post/colonial) gender, sexuality, and health paradigms. How can applied theatre add new perspectives to ongoing debates about the cultural locations of health care, theatre, and power? How can theatre address domestic violence (we’ll engage a community performance created in the Solomon Islands), center indigenous perspectives on two-spirit well-being and suicide prevention (using Turtle Island examples), offer intersectional analyses of disability’s effects on marriageability and self-determination (we’ll look at a disability-led video/theatre performance from Burkina Faso), or engage discussions of sexual health management in the U.S. and elsewhere?

The first half of the course will focus on readings about international community performance, theatre for development, and performance art. In the second half, we will engage in performance directly ourselves, and create mini-performances around campus.

This course will include three evening theatre performances at the Power Center, as well as one or two cinema visits to appropriate screenings. There is a $45 course fee that covers the price of the tickets (thanks to a collaboration with the University Musical Society.)

Performances:
January 12th, Urban Bush Women (only one performance)
February 2nd: Gabriel Kahane: Book of Travelers (only one performance)
March 9th or 10th: Company Wang Ramirez: Borderline

Required Reading:
Petra Kuppers: Community Performance: An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 2007.
Readings provided via Canvas will include material from:
Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing, eds Veronica Baxter and Katharine E. Low. London and New York: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2016.
Performance and the Medical Body. eds Alex Mermikides, Gianna Bouchard, London and New York: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2015.
The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, eds Vicky Karkou, Sue Oliver, and Sophia Lycouris, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Course Requirements:

Assessment: Weekly discussions on Canvas, mid-term take-home exam, final collaborative project/performance (with a 3-page commentary linking your performance work to course readings)

THTREMUS 399 - Topics in Drama
Schedule Listing
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25953
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MW 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Note: WRITING THE SOLO PIECE FOR PERFORMERS & NONPERFORMERS
003 (REC)
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32120
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20
 
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M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: meet with WS 313
007 (SEM)
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20033
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26
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: meets with RCHUMS 281.001 in Keene Aud.
008 (SEM)
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20094
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13
 
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MWF 1:00PM - 3:00PM
MWF 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: class meets in Keene Aud with RCHUMS 482.001
012 (REC)
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28838
Open
8
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
017 (REC)
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24570
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10
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: MEETS W/ENGLISH 346.001 TOPSY-TURVY: THE VICTORIAN WORLD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN Created in London between 1871 and 1896, the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert (librettist) and Arthur Sullivan (composer) have been widely performed for more than a century. This course introduces students to the late nineteenth-century context of Gilbert and Sullivan?s theatrical collaboration, focusing in particular on aspects of Victorian culture that they parodied through words and music. Each week we will read and discuss one of the ?Savoy? operas, mostly in chronological order, combining selected historical readings with analysis of literary, theatrical, and musical elements. We will also consider the award-winning film, ?Topsy-Turvy,? and attend a live performance presented by the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Throughout the semester we will reflect on the critical and creative possibilities of parody. This course fulfills the Poetry requirement for English majors. It is open to students across all departments. Previous experience with performance is welcome, but not required. Course requirements include regular attendance and active participation in class, weekly short response papers, a longer critical essay (written in several drafts), a creative response, and a reflection on the final writing portfolio. No mid-term, no final exam.
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