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Professors LINDBLADE; Associate Professors MANLEY, WOMACK (chair); Assistant Professors DAVIS-GREEN, KEDHAR, PLATT, GOODWIN; Adjunct Associate Professor AMES. Artist in Residence HERMINJARD; Part-time Faculty MERCER; Department Coordinator QUINN; Technical Director MARTIN; Assistant Technical Director HAMILTON; Costume Shop Supervisor AVRAMOV; Guests in Theatre and Dance HIJACK, BOLMAN, JULES, LASMAWAN, DASILVA, PLAZA, OTAKE, CORIELL, YAEFALL, EDMONDS, ODLAND, ECKWALL

In theatre and dance, students learn fundamental practical skills, including acting, design, and dance technique in preparation for advanced seminars and studio courses that combine theatre, dance, and theatrical design. Along the way, both seasoned majors and first-time performers have plenty of chances to perform in productions. In the classroom, we introduce a diverse body of knowledge that incorporates classics of dramatic literature and dance history to prepare students for contemporary artistic investigations. We are equally attentive to the past and to the present by offering our students intensive experiences with renowned visiting artists. We also offer regular opportunities for academic travel so that students can experience singular performances in off-campus destinations.

 

Major Requirements

Theatre

Theatre majors must complete a minimum of 13 units for the major:

  • Six units required from Principal Courses: TH105 Acting 1; TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design; TH206 Directing; TH303 Junior Seminar; TH304 Advanced Performance; TH404 Senior Thesis Project.
  • Two units from Historical Perspectives: TH220 Origins and Early Forms of Theatre; TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre; TH222 Romantic, Commedia and Neoclassic Theatre; TH223 Modern Theatre; TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950–Present.
  • One unit from Intercultural Perspectives: TH200: Performing Kabuki in English: “The Medicine Peddler” a Samurai Revenge, TH200: From the Fringe to the Spotlight: an Intercultural Study of Alternative Playwriting.
  • One unit from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: TH326 Performance Studies; TH327 Feminist Performance; TH329 Queer Performance and Body Politics.
  • Two units of Electives: Choose from any Theatre Course.
  • .25 unit Acting in a Department production: any one from TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Acting (.25 unit each).
  • .75 unit in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101: Stagecraft (.5 unit) and/or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each).

Outstanding work will be rewarded with distinction upon graduation. Theatre majors are urged to take at least one unit in dance that will not count towards the units required for the major. Students are urged to study one or more foreign languages. Please consult the Handbook for Theatre and Dance majors online for further clarification of the major. 

Dance

Dance majors must complete a minimum of 13 units in the major:

  • Six units required from Principal Courses: DA110: Fundamentals of Performance Design; DA211:Historical Perspectives in Dance; DA221: Choreography; DA303: Junior Seminar; DA304: AdvancedPerformance; DA404:Senior Thesis Project.
  • One unit from Intercultural Perspectives: DA311 Cultural Perspectives in Dance.
  • One unit from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: DA326 Performance Studies; DA327 Feminist Performance;DA329 Queer Performance and Body Politics.
  • One Elective Block Unit: DA225: Body in Motion: Anatomy Kinesiology and Somatics, DA230: VideoDance, TH211: Costume Design, TH207: Lighting Design, TH105: Acting DA/TH special topics courses.
  • Two units Required Dance Studio adjuncts: .5 units in Classical Forms (Ballet at the 200-400 level, DS221: Bharata Natyam, DS405: Graham Technique); .5 units in Somatic Practices (DS245:Pilates, Yoga, QiGong); .5 units in Contemporary Practices (Contemporary Dance Technique at 200-400 level, DS224: Improvisation); .5 units in Intercultural/Community-based Dance (DS218/19:African Dance,DS231/32:Hip-hop, DS234/35:Capoeira, DS236:Samba, DS320: Hip-hop II, DS334: Capoiera II)
  • One unit Elective Dance Studio Adjuncts.
  • .25 unit of dance performance for DanSix: Block 6 mainstage production. DA425 or TH214.
  • .75 unit in Technical Theatre: Choose from DA/TH101: Stagecraft (.5 unit) and/or DA212–215: TheatreStudio Work/Technical (.25 unit each).

Outstanding work will be rewarded with distinction upon graduation. Students are urged to study one or more foreign languages. Please consult the Handbook for Theatre and Dance majors online for further clarification of the major.

Minor Requirements

Theatre

Theatre minors must complete a minimum of 6.25 units for the minor:

  • Two units required from Principal Courses: TH105 Acting 1; TH206 Directing
  • One unit from Historical Perspectives: TH220 Origins and Early Forms of Theatre; TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre; TH222 Romantic, Commedia and Neoclassic Theatre; TH223 Modern Theatre; TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950-Present.
  • One unit from Intercultural or Interdisciplinary Perspectives: TH200: Performing Kabuki in English: “The Medicine Peddler” a Samurai Revenge, TH200: From the Fringe to the Spotlight: an Intercultural Study of Alternative Playwriting, TH326 Performance Studies; TH327 Feminist Performance; TH329 Queer Performance and Body Politics.
  • • One Elective: See schedule of courses to choose from our many diverse course offerings: www.coloradocollege.edu/catalog
  • One unit Integrative Project: either appended to TH 303 Junior Seminar, TH 304 Advance Performance, TH 326-329 Interdisciplinary courses, or TH 404 Senior Thesis
  • .25 unit in Technical Theatre: choose from TH101: Stagecraft (.5 unit) or TH212, 213, 214, 215 Theatre Studio Work/Technical (.25 unit each)
  • The department also offers two thematic minors: The Arts: Theory and Practice and Performance Design.

Dance

Dance minor must complete a minimum of 6.5 units in the major. The minor in dance consists of 5 units plus .25 unit of crew work, and one integrative project worth one unit:

  • Three units required block courses: DA221: Choreography, DA211: Historical Perspectives in Dance, DA311: Cultural Perspectives in Dance.
  • One unit Dance Studio adjunct courses: 1 unit completed in at least three out of four categories: . Classical Forms (Ballet at the 200-400 level, DS221: Bharata Natyam, DS405: Graham Technique); Somatic Practices (DS245:Pilates, Yoga, QiGong); Contemporary Practices (Contemporary Dance Technique at 200-400 level, DS224: Improvisation);  Intercultural/Community-based Dance (DS218/19:African Dance, DS231/32:Hip-hop, DS234/35:Capoeira,DS236:Samba, DS320: Hip-hop II, DS334: Capoiera II)
  • .25 unit in Technical Theatre: listed as DA212–215 Theatre Studio. Technical theatre job requirements for the minor should ideally be completed before the final semester of the minor. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.
  • One elective block unit: The remaining elective unit may be chosen according to individual interests in dance theory, theatre or design courses: DA225: Body in Motion: Anatomy Kinesiology and Somatics; DA230: Video Dance; TH211: Costume Design; TH207: Lighting Design; TH105: Acting I or DA special topics courses.
  • Integrative project: Dance minors must also complete an approved junior or senior integrative project that is either appended to DA303, 304 or 311 or is DA404: Senior Thesis.

Dance Theory

Please use (DA) when signing up for a Dance Theory course.

Dance Studio

Please use (DS) when signing up for a dance studio class.

Note on dance technique classes: Dance technique classes at Colorado College are developed to satisfy a wide range of student interest and expertise.

Students who have never danced before will find that the Beginning Modern class is an appropriate level for them. This class will provide an introduction to various dance styles, improvisation, and expression in movement, while simultaneously developing an awareness and appreciation for anatomically correct movement technique.

Beginning ballet classes are recommended for students who have danced before and would like to continue in ballet, and for students who are taking more than one semester in dance.

Improvisation classes are useful for students wishing to do work in choreography, or for students who are curious about spontaneous process. Improvisation is also open to music students who would like to work with improvisational forms. Tai chi classes are open to all students, and are particularly useful for athletes who need to develop strength, flexibility, and mental concentration.

Jazz classes are recommended for students who are interested in broadening their understanding of indigenous dance styles.

Since students often come to Colorado College with more than a few years of dance training, we advise students to register for the class that they think is most appropriate to their level, with the understanding that the teacher may advise the student to change to a different class once the course is begun.

Courses

Theatre

TH100 Ritual, Theatre, Performance

This course surveys the history of theatre in the context of Western artistic and literary traditions. Students will read and watch plays as well as examine how theatre relates to philosophy, poetry, politics, and religion. The course includes screenings, field trips to attend performances, and interactive workshops led by department faculty on creative aspects of the discipline. The first block of the course begins by studying sacred rituals that influenced the origins of theatre in ancient Greece. It then examines forms of drama developed in succeeding eras, including medieval pageants, Renaissance masques, Shakespearian plays, and Restoration comedy. In the second block, we look at a combination of contemporary and historical plays that address changes in the 18th and 19th centuries that led to the development of realism in modern theatre. It pays special attention to how subsequent playwrights and choreographers use or subvert realism in order to challenge ideas about gender, race, and nationality. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

Also listed as Dance Theory 100.

2 units — Platt

TH101 Stagecraft Practicum

A basic technical theatre adjunct course connected to a main stage production. Covers the vocabulary, theory, skills and application within the technical areas of sets, stage management, and production crew. Emphasizes the collaborative nature of technical theatre in production.

.5 unit — Martin

TH105 Acting I: Introduction

Work on basic acting skills through observation, improvisation, physical and vocal preparation, and the basics of Stanislavski's theories. The emphasis is on exercises and games that release the imagine and instinct of the performer with the aim of giving everyone the means to approach any role. Work will culminate with scripted scenes and a group presentation. Limited to 18.

1 unit — Manley

TH107 Art, Spectacle, and Society

Examines the rise of spectacle culture in social events, popular culture, and mass media in the United States, such as Burning Man, Mardi Gras, Las Vegas, Halloween, carnivals, freak shows, professional wrestling, historical reenactments, fantasy cons, zombie walks, flash mobs, cult films, and mega-churches. Uses readings by Richard Schechner and Victor Turner to introduce fundamental concepts from the field of performance studies, including ritual, theatre, and play. Additional texts by scholars such as Joseph Roach, Umberto Eco, and Guy Debord are used to critique the role of race and gender in late capitalism and to identify the potential for performance as a form of political resistance. Students may expect frequent short field trips and participatory assignments.

1 unit — Platt

TH108 Fundamentals of Technical Theatre

Basic technical theatre - its vocabulary, theory, and application - and its relationship to sets, lights, and costumes. Computer use for technical theatre, safety parameters, and basic board operation. Laboratory requirement: Participation in one stage production. Limited to 14. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Requires participation in one stage production.

1 unit

TH109 Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

Basic theatrical design - its vocabulary, drafting, theory, and application - taught in a historical and practical approach. Scene, lighting, properties, makeup, and costume designs will be covered. Computer use for theatrical design, including WYSIWYG, MiniCad, and Sound Forge. Laboratory requirement: Participation in one stage production. Limited to 14. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Requires participation in one stage production.

1 unit

TH110 Fundamentals of Performance Design

Emphasizes the collaborative nature of 3-dimensional live performance design, its vocabulary, theory and application with a focus on aesthetic integration. Combines artistic practice with critical inquiry to engage simultaneously in creative development and analysis. Class projects introduce students to research, visual analysis, sketching, model making, and presentation skills. Historical and current performance design trends. No prior experience in theatrical productions expected.l

Also listed as Film and New Media Studies 214.

1 unit — Davis-Green

TH200 Topics in Theatre:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topic areas, including theatre history, dramatic literature, dramatic theory, and film.

Also listed as Dance Theory 200 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200 and Music 231 and Asian Studies 250 and Philosophy 203.

.5 or 1 unit — Banagale, Lee, Manley,

TH201 Origins and Early Forms of Theatre

A study of origins, early texts, performance practices and developing theatrical conventions in various cultures, with special emphasis on ancient Greek and Roman theatre. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to 1 unit

TH202 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre

A study of theories about the 'rebirth' of theatre during the Middle Ages, tracing its development throughout Renaissance Europe, with special emphasis on Elizabethan England. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to 1 unit

TH203 Romantic, Commedia, and Neoclassic Theatre

A survey of Western theatre from the English Restoration through German Romanticism, culminating with the advent of realism throughout Europe. Studies will include the work of Racine, Corneille, Goethe, Schiller, Buchner, Gozzi, Goldon and the innovators of modern stage practice. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH204 Modern Theatre

A study of 20th-century movements in playwriting and theatre practice. Topics will include realism (Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov) and the revolts against it, such as the work of Brecht, Artaud, Pirandello, and various artists of 'alternative' theatre. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH205 Acting Workshop

An extended-format, adjunct class given twice a week over 4 blocks. Designed to enhance and practice the skills from Acting 1 through exercises and scene work. The format is designed to allow for a longer period of assimilation, keeping the acting muscles active and developing on a continuous basis, and for individual attention for each student. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Drama 105.

1 to 3 units

TH206 Directing

A practical and theoretical introduction to the basics of directing. Begins with investigation of past and present directing practice and techniques through the work of influential directors from around the world. Considers the essential tools of directing, choosing the material; producing and conceptualizing the ideas; pre-production work of analysis, design and planning; casting;rehearsal management; rehearsal techniques with actors; and steering the production through its final stages to performance. The course involves directing actors in scenes.

1 unit — Manley

TH207 Lighting Design

History, theory, and practice of lighting design for the stage. Script analysis, drafting, plotting, and color theory. Laboratory required: participation in one stage production. Limited to 15.

1 unit

TH210 Intermediate Performance Design

Intermediate work in performance design with an emphasis on the emergence of new approaches and innovations in scenic and performance design. Integrates traditional visual languages of the stage with the digital arts. Explores spatial designs for dance, performance installations and the theatrical stage. Includes model making, drawing, drafting and digital/video design programs.

Prerequisite: Theatre 110 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Davis-Green

TH211 Speech Arts

Introduction to public speaking and oral interpretation of literature. Limited to 18.

1 unit — Plaza

TH212 Theatre/Acting Studio

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

.25 unit — Manley, Martin

TH213 Theatre/Acting Studio:

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

.25 unit — Goodwin, Martin

TH214 Theatre/Acting Studio:

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

Also listed as Dance Theory 214.

.25 unit — Herminjard

TH215 Theatre/Acting Studio

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting; required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

.25 unit — Martin

TH217 Writing for Performance

Fundamentals Identifies techniques utilized by writers of performance, ranging from slam poets to monologists to playwrights. Script and poem excerpts as well as video and audio samples will serve as the basis for in-class conversations around craft. Students will embark on a series of short solo and group writing exercises, trying their hand at a myriad of performance writing forms. Selected student work of merit will be presented in a final public staged reading.

Also listed as English 288.

1 unit — Goodwin

TH218 Costume Design

Costume Design for live performance, including theatre, opera, dance, and performance art. Explores color and line theory, script analysis, textiles and textile modification, rendering for costumes, construction and patterning techniques and other costume related skills. Limited to 10. Lab fee required. 1 unit - Ames (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH220 Origins and Early Forms of Theatre

A study of origins, early texts, performance practices and developing theatrical conventions in various cultures, with special emphasis on ancient Greek and Roman theatre.

Also listed as Classics 219 and Comparative Literature 200.

1 unit

TH221 Medieval and Renaissance Theatre

A study of theories about the 'rebirth' of theatre during the Middle Ages, tracing its development throughout Renaissance Europe, with special emphasis on Elizabethan England.

Also listed as English 280.

1 unit

TH222 Romantic, Commedia, and Neoclassic Theatre

A survey of western theatre from the English Restoration through German Romanticism, culminating with the advent of realism throughout Europe. Studies will include the work of Racine, Corneille, Goethe, Schiller, Buchner, Gozzi, Goldon and the innovators of modern stage practice.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200.

1 unit

TH223 Modern Theatre: 1880-1940

A study of the 20th-century movements in playwriting and theatre practice. Topics will include realism (Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Schnitzler) and the anti-realistic revolts against it, such as the work of Maeterlinck, Cocteau, Kaiser, Brecht, Pirandello, and various artists of alternative theatre.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200.

1 unit

TH224 Contemporary Performance 1950-Present

Using an interdisciplinary arts approach, investigates varied performance aesthetics, theory and practices of the later 20th and early 21st century with a focus on the American experience, new and disenfranchised voices, and hybrid genres in the arts. Considers perspectives in music, dance, directing, multimedia, and of theorists and playwrights. Disillusionment of the post-WWII era, voices of protest, agitation/propaganda, performance art, and identity politics; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender performance, race relations, and the feminist aesthetic. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH226 The Plays of August Wilson

Investigation of the works of leading African-American playwright August Wilson, considering his texts' socio-historical economic, musical, folk, cultural, and poetic influences. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH227 Hip Hop Aesthetics

The course will provide a historical and socio-political context for this urban folk form birthed 40 years ago in the South Bronx. Readings, video, and audio materials will enhance lectures on the origins of rap, graffiti art, beat boxing, b-boying, and turntablism. Our primary focus, however, is exploring hip hop’s performance and literary aesthetics in our own writing. Students will create original hip hop inspired pieces based around the themes and ideas discussed throughout the block. Selected student work of merit will be shared in a final public performance.

Also listed as English 286 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200.

1 unit — Goodwin

TH228 Experimental and Expanded Cinema

Experimental and Expanded Cinema Examines alternative approaches to cinema developed after 1960 by independent filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists working with animation, puppetry, video, performance, and installation. Uses readings by scholars such as P. Adams Sitney, Steven Shaviro, and Laura Marks to explore the visual and tactile qualities of film, the relationship between mainstream and experimental cinema, and social attitudes towards new technologies. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH229 Rewriting America: Playwrights and Cultural Identity

From the bilingual flatbed truck actors of Luis Valdez to the rhythmic coffee house choreo-poems of Ntozake Shange, this course focuses on the theatrical voices of the American marginalized. Our mission will be to examine the societal circumstances that birthed alternative styles to the mainstream American stage. Selected playwrights will cover a cross section of race, gender and sexuality, from Tony award winners to virtual unknowns. Equal parts historical analysis and creative writing workshop, students will create multimedia presentations and original plays based around their research.

Also listed as English 286 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200.

1 unit — Goodwin

TH230 African American Theatre

Examines the history of African American performance traditions, texts, and forms including autobiographies and slave narratives as performance and protest vehicles to minstrelsy and vaudeville. Study of contemporary musical tradition, and modern text driven works from individual performance to company productions, political nationalism and the Black Arts Movement to choreo-poems and hip-hop performance. Through specifically selected playwrights, theatre artists and institutions the course will explore cultural and ethnic identities that are an integral part of the American cultural landscape. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH231 African Theatre

Survey of a broad range of works from the Griot-driven oral tradition and pre-colonial theatrical offerings to documented traditional African indigenous performance--community festivals, seasonal rhythms and religious ritual presentations, dance and masquerade. Examines texts, spoken and drummed/musical languages of performance, post-colonial theatrical traditions, 'concert party' theatre, puppetry, South African anti-apartheid theatre and contemporary adaptations of Western 'classics' in ways that will help comprehend the complexity, richness, and diversity of theatre across the African continent. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH232 Asian Theatre

The history of theatre and performance in selected Asian countries including, China, Japan, Indonesia, India and Vietnam. Explores the traditional styles of Chinese opera, Bunraku, Noh, Kabuki, Kyogen, Indonesian shadow/puppet plays, Vietnamese water puppetry and Sanskrit drama. Combines these with the practice of song, dance, puppetry and mask traditions and techniques as well as performance structure and content to help frame their resonances, representations, differences and similarities by country, culture and aesthetic from original sources to and through contemporary performance(s). Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH233 Asian American Theatre

Explores the history and contributions of Asian American Theatre artists to contemporary American theatre. Navigating issues of race, gender, class, sexuality and 'cultural origin,' explores the significance of these issues and place them in significant historical, political and theoretical contexts. Examines the works and contributions of modern American authors and companies including David Henry Hwang, Chay Yew, Philip Gotanda, Jeannie Barroga, Velina Hasu Houston, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Theatre of Yugen, East-West Players, and Asian American Theatre, to identify major themes and genres that contribute to cultural identity, community and frame an Asian American experience. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH240 Special Topics in Design

Courses offered by design faculty and guests on specialized topic areas in performance design. Lab fee required.

Also listed as Environmental Science 221.

1 unit — Davis-Green, Drossman

TH300 Topics in Drama:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics.

1 unit — Edmonds

TH303 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices

Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration between drama and dance majors and also among artistic disciplines. Studies include immersion in performance theory, aesthetic philosophy, and collaborative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Collaboration and collision through a process of experimentation and rehearsal to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, temporal, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified event in performance. DA 110/DR 110, DA 211, and DA 221 recommended.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Also listed as Dance Theory 303.

1 unit — Platt

TH304 Advanced Performance:

Investigation of choreographic theories and practices with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. Topics include: Advanced Choreography, Site-specific Performance, Installation and Performance, Choreographies of Editing, Community and Performance. Can be repeated for credit to fulfill one elective requirement within the major.

Prerequisite: Dance Theory 221 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Manley

TH305 Acting 2: Intermediate

Developing and furthering the skills from Acting 1 with an emphasis on intensive scene work that will focus on a wide range of contemporary playwrights. Work will culminate with a public presentation of scenes. Limited to 18.

Prerequisite: Drama 105.

3 units — Manley

TH307 Lighting Design

History, theory, and practice of lighting design for the stage. Script analysis, drafting, plotting, and color theory. Laboratory required: participation in one stage production. Limited to 15. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Drama 108 or 109 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

TH317 Writing for Performance 2

Advanced Students will envision and execute two performance writing projects: one of their own design, and the other an assignment provided by the professor, tailored to their sensibility. Projects range from one act plays to a series of slam poems to a stand up comedy routine, etc. In-class readings, performances, peer critique, and revision assignments will push us toward a culminating final staged reading of selected projects.

Prerequisite: Theatre 217 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as English 388.

1 unit — Goodwin

TH325 Independent Study in Drama and Dance:

Work in special fields in Drama and Dance appropriate to the needs and/or interests of qualified students.

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

1 unit — Davis-Green

TH326 Performance Studies

Examines new approaches to the study of performance drawn from sociology, anthropology, and media studies. Uses readings by scholars such as Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner, and Philip Auslander to analyze works by contemporary choreographers, theatre ensembles, and performance artists, as well as performances from everyday life, including concerts, festivals, and political protests. Attention also given to how performances construct race, gender, and nationality. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH327 Feminist Performance

Examines how performances since 1960 by female artists have challenged the subordinate status of women in art and society. Uses readings by theorists such as Judith Butler, Sue-Ellen Case, and Peggy Phelan to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in drama, dance, film, performance art and new media. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH329 Queer Performances and Body Politics

Examines how performances since 1960 by queer artists have challenged conventional ideas about the body, sexuality and selfhood. Uses readings by theorists such as Michael Foucault, Michael Warner, and Jose Esteban Munoz to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in literature, film, drama, musical theatre, dance and performance art. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH330 Performance Away

The class takes place in a selected city and sees and analyzes a wide range of performances including drama, dance, opera, puppetry , solo performance, circus, site specific work, foreign language performance and experimental work in all genres. Explores the social, historical and national parameters of the performances and the past and present performance history and significance of the city . Extra Expense.

1 unit — Manley

TH340 Advanced Topics in Design

Courses offered by design faculty and guests on specialized topic areas in performance design. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH350 Design Practicum

An individual practical design project in connection with department main stage productions. Areas of concentration might include properties, masks, sound design, video design in association with the season productions. Must be arranged with instructor.

Prerequisite: Drama 100 and/or consent of instructor.

1 unit

TH400 Topics in Drama:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

TH404 Senior Thesis

Advanced work in drama and/or dance culminating in performance, written thesis, major creative or choreographic work, scenic or lighting design, or other work appropriate to the discipline. Proposal must be approved at the end of the junior year by the department faculty. Offered in blocks 1-7 of the senior year. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

1 unit

TH405 Acting 3: Advanced

Consolidating skills from Acting 1 and 2 and working on heightened and poetic texts including Shakespeare, the Greeks, and the Jacobean and Restoration eras. The class is dedicated to seeing Shakespeare as our contemporary and the verse as no barrier to expression or understanding. Work will culminate with a public presentation. Limited to 18. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Drama 305.

1 unit

TH410 Advanced Design Workshop

Advanced study of topics related to theory, criticism, literature, and history of the theatre. Resultant performance or thesis. Required of all drama majors. Limited to majors and minors or with consent of instructor. (Not offered 2014-15).

.5 to 2 units

Dance Theory

DA100 Ritual, Theatre, Performance

This course surveys the history of theatre in the context of Western artistic and literary traditions. Students will read and watch plays as well as examine how theatre relates to philosophy, poetry, politics, and religion. The course includes screenings, field trips to attend performances, and interactive workshops led by department faculty on creative aspects of the discipline. The first block of the course begins by studying sacred rituals that influenced the origins of theatre in ancient Greece. It then examines forms of drama developed in succeeding eras, including medieval pageants, Renaissance masques, Shakespearian plays, and Restoration comedy. In the second block, we look at a combination of contemporary and historical plays that address changes in the 18th and 19th centuries that led to the development of realism in modern theatre. It pays special attention to how subsequent playwrights and choreographers use or subvert realism in order to challenge ideas about gender, race, and nationality. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

Also listed as Theatre 100.

2 units — Platt

DA101 Stagecraft Practicum

A basic technical theatre adjunct course connected to a main stage production. Covers the vocabulary, theory, skills and application within the technical areas of sets, stage management, and production crew. Emphasizes the collaborative nature of technical theatre in production. (Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

DA107 Art, Spectacle, and Society

Examines the rise of spectacle culture in social events, popular culture, and mass media in the United States, such as Burning Man, Mardi Gras, Las Vegas, Halloween, carnivals, freak shows, professional wrestling, historical reenactments, fantasy cons, zombie walks, flash mobs, cult films, and mega-churches. Uses readings by Richard Schechner and Victor Turner to introduce fundamental concepts from the field of performance studies, including ritual, theatre, and play. Additional texts by scholars such as Joseph Roach, Umberto Eco, and Guy Debord are used to critique the role of race and gender in late capitalism and to identify the potential for performance as a form of political resistance. Students may expect frequent short field trips and participatory assignments. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA110 Fundamentals of Performance Design and Technical Theatre

Emphasizes the collaborative nature of 3-dimensional live performance design, its vocabulary, theory and application with a focus on aesthetic integration. Combines artistic practice with critical inquiry to engage simultaneously in creative development and analysis. Class projects introduce students to research, visual analysis, sketching, model making, and presentation skills. Historical and current performance design trends. No prior experience in theatrical productions expected (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA200 Topics in Dance:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics.

Also listed as Race and Ethnic Studies 200 and Feminist & Gender Studies 206 and Asian Studies 250 and Philosophy 203 and Theatre 200.

1 unit — Kedhar, Lee, , Platt

DA211 Historical Perspectives in Dance

Introduction to dance history as drawn from ballet, modern, social dance, and contemporary performance. Examines critical methodologies, key authors, and current research in the field of Dance Studies. Topics may address interdisciplinary concerns, social issues, or representations of gender, race, nationality and class. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Also listed as Feminist & Gender Studies 206.

1 unit — Kedhar

DA212 Theatre/Acting Studio

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to 1 unit

DA213 Theatre/Acting Studio:

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DA214 Theatre/Acting Studio:

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting: required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of two blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production.

Also listed as Theatre 214.

.25 unit — Herminjard, Martin

DA215 Theatre/Acting Studio

Studio work in technical theatre, or studio work in acting; required for the major. Students will earn technical theatre credit for work done on a specific departmental production over a span of 2 blocks. Subheading indicates type of work and title of the production. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DA221 Choreography

A theoretical and practical investigation of dance composition. .25 unit of Beginning Modern Dance or Dance Improvisation or prior dance experience recommended.

Prerequisite: 1/4 Unit of Beginning Modern Dance or Dance Improvisation or prior dance experience is recommended.

1 unit — Herminjard

DA223 Improvisation

Practical work in dance improvisation, frequently in collaboration with musicians and artists, to evolve an expanding vocabulary of movement, voice and performance possibilities. Limited to 20. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DA224 Contemporary Performance 1950- Present

Using an interdisciplinary arts approach, investigates varied performance aesthetics, theory and practices of the later 20th and early 21st century with a focus on the American experience, new and disenfranchised voices, and hybrid genres in the arts. Considers perspectives in music, dance, directing, multimedia, and of theorists and playwrights. Disillusionment of the post-WWII era, voices of protest, agitation/propaganda, performance art, and identity politics; Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender performance, race relations, and the feminist aesthetic. 1 unit--Sifuentes. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to 1 unit

DA225 The Body in Motion: Anatomy, Kinesiology and Somatics

Basic study of anatomy and kinesiology coupled with somatic practices such as Yoga, Feldenkrais and Laban Movement Analysis to develop one's movement potential. Additional study of philosophical and critical discourses theorizes the relationship of mind to body to further contextualize scientific understandings of how the body moves. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA228 Experimental and Expanded Cinema

Experimental and Expanded Cinema Examines alternative approaches to cinema developed after 1960 by independent filmmakers and interdisciplinary artists working with animation, puppetry, video, performance, and installation. Uses readings by scholars such as P. Adams Sitney, Steven Shaviro, and Laura Marks to explore the visual and tactile qualities of film, the relationship between mainstream and experimental cinema, and social attitudes towards new technologies. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA230 Video Dance

Introduction to creating dance specifically for the video medium, also known as video dance. Investigates ways that choreographers might use video technology as a creative tool. Aspects include production of video, audio, and choreography with the aim of fusing these elements. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA300 Topics in Dance:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA303 Junior Seminar: Collaborative Practices

Activates theoretical and practical aspects of creative collaboration between drama and dance majors and also among artistic disciplines. Studies include immersion in performance theory, aesthetic philosophy, and collaboative strategies to create an integral final group public performance. Collaboration and collision through a process of experimentation and rehearsal to discover which elements (visual, kinesthetic, audio, textual, temporal, and spatial) lend themselves to a unified event in performance. DA 110/DR 110, DA 211, and DA 221 recommended.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Also listed as Theatre 303.

1 unit — Platt

DA304 Advanced Performance:

Investigation of choreographic theories and practices with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. Topics include: Advanced Choreography, Site-specific Performance, Installation and Performance, Choreographies of Editing, Community and Performance. Can be repeated for credit to fulfill one elective requirement within the major. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Dance Theory 221 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

DA311 Cultural Perspectives in Dance

Study of dance practices and their specific histories within and across cultures. Themes of embodiment, race, ethnicity, identity, migrational flows, appropriation and cultural exchange inform the analysis of the selected dance traditions, fusions and innovations. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

Prerequisite: Intermediate modern dance or equivalent.

Also listed as Race and Ethnic Studies 200.

1 unit — Kedhar

DA325 Projects in Dance:

Work in dance appropriate to the needs or interests of qualified students. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.25 to 1 unit

DA326 Performance Studies

Examines new approaches to the study of performance drawn from sociology, anthropology, and media studies. Uses readings by scholars such as Diana Taylor, Richard Schechner, and Philip Auslander to analyze works by contemporary choreographers, theatre ensembles, and performance artists, as well as performances from everyday life, including concerts, festivals, and political protests. Attention also given to how performances construct race, gender, and nationality. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA327 Feminist Performance

Examines how performances since 1960 by female artists have challenged the subordinate status of women in art and society. Uses readings by theorists such as Judith Butler, Sue-Ellen Case, and Peggy Phelan to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in drama, dance, film, performance art and new media. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Also listed as Feminist & Gender Studies 308.

1 unit — Platt

DA329 Queer Performance and Body Politics

Examines how performances since 1960 by queer artists have challenged conventional ideas about the body, sexuality and selfhood. Uses readings by theorists such as Michael Foucault, Michael Warner, and Jose Esteban Munoz to identify strategic positions adopted by artists working in literature, film, drama, musical theatre, dance and performance art. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA332 TechnoPerformance

Practical implementation of technology in contemporary performance production. Critical analysis of the history of technology and interactivity in performance. Creation of original performance work using a variety of media within a variety of venues: video, animation, sound, music, dance, theatre, storytelling, spoken-word, and/or any representation of self or virtual self. Work will be presented as site-specific pieces, as performance installations, as online performances, and in traditional venues. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA400 Topics in Dance:

Courses offered by resident and visiting faculty on specialized topics. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

DA404 Senior Thesis

Advanced work in drama and/or dance culminating in performance, written thesis, major creative or choreographic work, scenic or lighting design, or other work appropriate to the discipline. Proposal must be approved at the end of the Junior year by the department faculty. Offered in blocks 1-7 of the senior year. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Consent of Department.

.25 to 1 unit

DA406 Solo Performance

An investigation into the forces that shape solo theatrical performance, including original work and voice, point-of-view, text interpretation, observation, myth, and storytelling. Students will apply their own unique histories, politics, and imaginations to a developmental process, helping each other to shape material, develop performance techniques, explore text, music, movement, dance, song, sound, props, set, lights, and costumes. The class will culminate in a solo performance by each student. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to 1 unit

DA425 Dance Repertory

Development of performance and rehearsal techniques through choreographic forms. Repertory works from faculty, labanotation scores, or guest choreographers will be set on students for performance.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit — Herminjard

Dance Studio

DS101 Tai Ji

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS105 Beginning Dance

Dance Technique Classes.

.25 unit — Mercer, Womack

DS106 Beginning Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS107 Beginning contemporary Dance

.25 unit — Herminjard, Mercer

DS108 Beginning Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS113 Beginning Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS114 Beginning Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS115 Beginning Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS116 Beginning Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS133 Beginning Modern Jazz

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS205 Intermediate Contemporary Dance

.25 unit — Herminjard

DS206 Intermediate Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS207 Intermediate Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS208 Intermediate Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS209 Dance Studio

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to 1 unit

DS210 Dance Studio: Choreography/Performance

Note on dance technique classes: Dance technique classes at Colorado College are developed to satisfy a wide range of student interest and expertise. Students who have never danced before will find that the Beginning Modern class is an appropriate level for them. This class will provide an introduction to various dance styles, improvisation, and expression in movement, while simultaneously developing an awareness and appreciation for anatomically correct movement technique. Beginning Ballet classes are recommended for students who have danced before and would like to continue in ballet, and for students who are taking more than one semester in dance. Improvisation classes are useful for students wishing to do work in choreography, or for students who are curious about spontaneous process. Improvisation is also open to music students who would like to work with improvisational forms. Tai chi classes are open to all students, and are particularly useful for athletes who need to develop strength, flexibility and mental concentration. Jazz classes are recommended for students who are interested in broadening their understanding of indigenous dance styles. Since students often come to Colorado College with more than a few years of dance training, we advise students to register for the class that they think is most appropriate to their level, with the understanding that the teacher may advise the student to change to a different class once the course is begun. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS213 Intermediate Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS214 Intermediate Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS215 Intermediate Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS216 Intermediate Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer

DS218 African Dance

.25 unit

DS219 African Dance

.25 unit — Goudiaby

DS223 Improvisation

.25 unit — Womack

DS224 Improvisation

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS226 African Dance Forms I

.25 unit

DS227 Bharata Natyam Dance

Also listed as Asian Studies 208.

.25 unit — Kedhar

DS228 Bharata Natyam Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS229 Balinese Dance

.25 unit — Lasmawan

DS230 Balinese Dance

Prerequisite: No cr for jazz alone; mst take concurrently w/other for 1/2 u.

.25 unit — Lasmawan

DS231 Hip Hop Dance

.25 unit —

DS232 Hip Hop Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS234 Capoeira

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS235 Capoeira

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS236 Samba

.25 unit

DS241 Somatic Practices:

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS242 Somatic Practices

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS243 Somatic Practices

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong.

.25 unit — Coriell

DS244 Somatic Practices

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong.

.25 unit — Coriell

DS245 Somatic Practices:

Two-block adjunct course. .25 units. A variable topic practice course that explores the mind-body connection and therapeutic dimensions through embodied practices. Includes Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Feldenkrais, Tai Chi, Qigong.

.25 unit — Herminjard, Kedhar

DS305 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS306 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS307 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance

.25 unit — Herminjard

DS308 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS313 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS314 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS315 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS316 Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS320 HipHop Dance II

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS321 Asian Dance Forms II

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS322 Asian Dance Forms II

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS333 Intermediate/Advanced Modern Jazz

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS334 Capoeira II

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS405 Advanced Modern Dance: Technique of Martha Graham

.25 unit — Herminjard

DS406 Advanced Contemporary Dance

.25 unit — Herminjard

DS407 Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS408 Advanced Contemporary Dance

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS413 Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS414 Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS415 Advanced Ballet

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

DS416 Advanced Ballet

.25 unit — Mercer