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Fall 2017
Sep 26, 2022
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TPST 125 - Improvisation for Soc Change
This introductory course offers a highly participatory laboratory for individual and group/ ensemble exploration of socially engaged, improvisational performance. Throughout the semester, we will explore how a wide variety of artists and cultural workers have advanced and are continuing to advance social change, civic engagement, and community-based dialogue. Students will be asked to examine their own values and convictions and will develop skills and tools to put them into practice through embodied performative interventions into the social world. By focusing our attention on students’ own life experiences and the issues in our own local/ campus, regional, national, and global communities (local/ campus, national, and global) that each student cares about most deeply, students will draw connections between the intimate personal register of their own creative selves, and their active participation in the communities they occupy. Case studies and performance activities will focus not only on the content but also on the form and the context of diverse creative processes. Class exercises and assignments will emphasize experiential learning as we both participate in guided improvisational workshops and develop skills in creating and facilitating our own original performance workshops, and ultimately a final ensemble creation as a class. Reading will draw on Brecht, Boal and Jan Cohen-Cruz, among others.

Students wishing to pursue a fourth credit CBL experience may do so by coordinating at semester's start with the professor and CSJ (via Amanda Munroe).

X-List: Justice and Peace Studies, Education, Inquiry and Justice

TPST Lab Fee: $50 

3.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
3.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Laboratory, Studio

Performing Arts Department

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