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TAPS 19AX: Experimental Dance Theater with Parijat Desai

A course for dancers, actors and theater designers to gain a multi-faceted immersion into the process of NYC-based experimental dance theater. Through studying dance and movement technique and a discussion of the themes of justLikeThat/Maya, a dance theater work by Parjiat Desai, students will engage ideas about the relationship between language and state power in a democracy, to research and generate dialogue, movement/gesture, song and dance. justLikeThat/Maya, which explores how news and official language obfuscates and disconnects us from lived reality is situated between experimental theater and dance, and was previewed in 2017 in at Harlem Stage. The piece is in part inspired by a Hindustan Times article about activist Sharmila Irom, who challenged India¿s Armed Forces Special Powers Act. (The AFSPA allows the army to attack civilians in the name of national security.) She also draws from George Orwell's essay "Politics of the English Language," and other sources of news-, or official-, or corporate-speak, to inquire into the way postcolonial English operates. nDuring Fall of 2018, Desai will be culminating development of an evening-length production, and with support from Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg, NY, collaborate with designers to create costume, set, and projection. Students, along with Desai and principle creative collaborators will delve into the development process and consider methods of creating experimental theater from a dance and chorographic perspective. nStudents will also have the opportunity to learn dance technique from Parijat Desai, India-born, New York-based choreographer who strives to cross boundaries of culture, identity, and nation through dance performance. She draws on contemporary dance, bharata natyam, theater and other forms to create hybrid movement languages.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Hernandez, G. (PI)

TAPS 20A: Acting for Non-Majors

A class designed for all interested students. Creative play, ensemble work in a supportive environment. Designed for the student to experience a range of new creative skills, from group improvisation to partner work. Introductory work on freeing the natural voice and physical relaxation. Emphasis on rediscovering imaginative and creative impulses. Movement improvisation, listening exercises, and theater games release the energy, playfulness and willingness to take risks that is the essence of free and powerful performance. Course culminates with work on dramatic text. This version of the class is offered in summer only. During the year, students should register for TAPS 124D.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Eacho, D. (PI)

TAPS 20AX: A Raisin in the Sun

Set on Chicag's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family¿s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.nnStudents cast in the production must enroll in the associated Arts Intensive course; the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education will cover tuition costs associated with enrollment. Cast members and other key creative roles will be offered two units of credit through the Arts Intensive program and will be housed on campus for rehearsals which start during the Arts Intensive program period (September 4-21, 2018) and continue into Fall quarter, culminating in performances in Roble Studio Theater on October 25-27 and November 1-3, 2018.)
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Elam, H. (PI)

TAPS 232: Advanced Costume Design

Individually structured tutorial for costume designers. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 132 or consent of instructor.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-5 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 233: Advanced Scene Design

Individually structured workshop. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 133 or consent of instructor.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-4 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 290: Special Research

Individual project on the work of a playwright, period, or genre.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 1-4 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 390: Directed Reading

Students may take directing reading only with the permission of their dissertation advisor. Might be repeatable for credit twice for 6 units total.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-6 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

TAPS 802: TGR Dissertation

Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 0 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: TGR
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