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|Title||Offering||Standing||Credits||Credits||When||F||W||S||Su||Description||Preparatory||Faculty||Days||Multiple Standings||Start Quarters||Open Quarters|
Robert Esposito and Walter Grodzik
Signature Required: Fall Winter
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||In this two quarter program, students will study the history, theory, and techniques of early 20 -century Avant-garde dance and theater, including Surrealist, Dada, Futurist, Cubist, and Bauhaus dance-theatre, and performance art. This is a practicum and study is rigorously focused on experiential learning through regular technique, theory, and composition classes stressing the live performance of original and recreated works, supported by scholarly research in the various genres studied. In the first quarter, students will study early 20 -century Western experimental performance art through the reading of texts, performance theories, and manifestos, and the screening of filmed recordings of performances. In weekly workshops, students will learn and practice new techniques in dance, theatre, and related art forms, and reconstruct historical performances. Students will test performance theory through improvisation, and the composition of original performance works based on the genres studied. In the second quarter, students will continue studies to build on their historical, theoretical, and technical knowledge in order to create a body of short performances to be presented in a final concert at the end of the quarter. Students will be heavily involved in both workshops and independent rehearsals in order to realize the final public presentation.This is an advanced program in theory and practice, designed particularly for theater and dance students, however, avant-garde performance works are multidimensional, and students in the performing arts, media arts, and visual arts with strong musical and kinesthetic sensitivity are welcome. Work will include research, design, and construction in various interdisciplinary fields, such as costuming, scenic design, and the design and manipulation of props. There will be multiple workshops per week in addition to text seminars and screenings. Workshops are progressive, each weekly premise building upon the last, and attendance is essential, requiring high levels of maturity, independent time management, and organization. There will be multiple rehearsals each week to reconstruct and create new work. Works in progress will be shared regularly in performance forums for peer and faculty critique. Most experiential learning cannot be "made up", and students are expected to be active and enthusiastic participants in all aspects of the program at all meetings, and to demonstrate integrative, independent, and critical thinking.||Robert Esposito Walter Grodzik||Mon Tue Wed Thu||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter|
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||How do the places that we build and inhabit shape who we become and with whom we belong? What are the ways we can design places that last in time, remain relevant to our lives, include the desires and voices of diverse communities, and establish a balance with our environment? This intermediate-level, two-quarter program explores themes of design and place through the lenses of anthropology, history, and architecture. We will develop a broad understanding of how human beings have created a sense of place in their environments past and present, looking at nomadic life ways, rural settlements, urban shantytowns, and contemporary gated communities. In fall quarter, we will study archaeology and architectural history, looking at the material and meaningful aspects of human dwellings and institutions. We will learn techniques of drawing and ethnography to document various field sites in Olympia and in the wider Pacific Northwest. In winter quarter, we will deepen our understandings of the cultural features of lived spaces and shift to more extensive design processes. We will focus on sustainable and accessible building techniques and methods of engaged research that aim for inclusiveness and community participation. Students will complete individual and collaborative projects that engage with real-world design problems using ethnographic approaches. Case studies across both quarters may include the Rural Studio architectural project in Alabama, Tumwater’s Camp Quixote, a local elementary school design-and-build project, resettlement and refugee camps in Haiti and other global locations, gendered households in Southeast Asia, and the ruins and rebirth of urban Detroit.||Anthony Tindill Eric Stein||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall|
Robert Knapp and Helena Meyer-Knapp
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||16||16||Day||S 16Spring||This program will bring together students with a variety of talents and backgrounds—visual, design-based, technical, psychological, organizational—in ways that develop their skills and enrich their understanding of how to use them effectively in real-world situations. Issues of management, energy, sensory perception, ecology, and politics all weave together to make the fabric of work and workplaces, and we will attend to all these strands. The program will be genuinely all-level, and will share some activities with the graduate elective, Brave New Workplace. The topic calls on personal experience, societal patterns, and physical arrangements in ways that are rarely studied at any level. The concepts and methods will require good thinking but not extensive previous background. All students will find challenge; they will also find that their previous work experience and future work intentions are relevant raw material to our inquiry. Between studio time and required research and readings, students should expect to spend a full 40 hours per week on program work, in or out of class.||Robert Knapp Helena Meyer-Knapp||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|