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Spring 2019
Nov 18, 2018
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TPST 126 - Impv for Soc Change: Climate
This interdisciplinary course offers a highly participatory laboratory for individual and group/ ensemble exploration of socially engaged performance with a particular emphasis on the intersection between performance and climate change.

Many have commented on the fact that woven inextricably into the global climate change crisis is the particular challenge, and often our collective human failure, at effectively giving this crisis a narrative form, of “telling the story.” This failure may stem from the sense of despair and helplessness associated with the topic, or perceived challenges of dramatizing science, or because the dimensions of scale, time, place related to the crisis defy the normal confines of our “well-made” dramas.

Still, increasingly throughout the world artists of all kinds are finding vital and innovative ways of bringing these realities to life at the intersection of artistic practice and social action. Together we will explore how a wide variety of artists and cultural workers are working in dialogue with the work of scientists, policymakers, activists and environmentalists to create new modes of accessing and understanding the global and local environmental crises we face, and in many cases, working to mobilize change. Working in collaboration with Georgetown’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, students will interact directly with many of these artists and their creations. Students will be invited to examine their own values and convictions and will develop skills and tools to put them into practice through performance. Inspired in part by curricular offerings and interactions with faculty and students from the other Core Pathways course offerings, we will develop public performance offerings to inspire awareness and discussion.

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. No previous performance experience is required and students from all backgrounds and disciplinary perspectives are encouraged to enroll.

1.500 Credit hours
1.500 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Performing Arts Department


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