Theater and Dance 254 - Impulse/Imagination/Invention: Experiments Across Media

Experiments Across Media

Wendy Woodson

TU/TH | 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Amherst College
FAMS-332-01-2324S, MUSI-254-01-2324S, ARHA-264-01-2324S

This studio course is designed as an interactive laboratory for students interested in imaginative experimentation to discover and access multiple ways to generate material in different media (dance, theater, visual /digital art, text and/or sound). The course emphasizes a practice of rigorous play and a dedicated interest in process and invention. Also, the course will be informed by a view that anything and everything is possible material for creative and spontaneous response and production. Working individually and in collaborative groups, students will construct original material in various media and delve into multiple ways to craft interesting exchanges and dialogues between different modes of expression. A range of structures and inspirations will be given by the instructor but students will also develop their own "playlists" for inspiring creative experimentation and production. We will have a series of informal studio showings in different media throughout the semester. A final portfolio of creative material generated over the course of the semester will be required. This studio seminar requires instructor permission; interested students need to contact the instructor before registering.

Limited to 15 students. Spring Semester. Professor Woodson. The course will also incorporate instruction from guest artists.

How to handle overenrollment: Roster managed for balance of class years and interests; preference to majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on artistic practice, improvisation, rehearsals and performance, reading aloud, group collaborations, movement, visual and aural analysis, written responses to performances and video viewing.

Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.