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DRAMA 585 A: Seminar in Dramatic Theory

Meeting Time: 
F 2:30pm - 5:20pm
CDH 309C
Jasmine Mahmoud
Jasmine Mahmoud

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Performance Geography

Winter 2024

Jasmine Mahmoud, Assistant Professor of Theatre History and Performance Studies

This seminar stages relationships between performance – as vital acts of transfer (Diana Taylor), and as embodied actions, witnessed or watched, framed in time and space (Elin Diamond) – and geography, or “earth writing”. We begin with Caribbean theorist Sonjah Stanley-Niaah’s framing of “performance geography” in Dancehall: from Slave Ship to Ghetto as a lens to link identity, place, and artistic, cultural, and everyday acts. Performance and geography will also be engaged with readings, methods, and embodied engagements on infrastructure, restrictive covenants, redlining, mapping, race, gender, sexuality, postcoloniality, decoloniality, aesthetics, the undercommons, borders, and abolitionist geographies. A central thread will query methods (such as scoring, physical and digital mapping, and karaoke), particularly how performance studies methods dialogue with methods used in geography. Students will read theoretical texts, make performance activities (including scores and tours), and attend performances such as Jaho Koo’s The Korean History of Western Theatre at On the Boards and Martyna Majok’s Sanctuary City at Seattle Rep. Other assignments include weekly discussion posts, an in-class presentation about one week of reading, and a final research project (such as a paper or performance). Embodied activities will be accessible to all backgrounds – no performance experience is required.

Catalog Description: 
Major problems in dramatic theory, such as aesthetics, mimesis, and the nature of theatre.
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November 2, 2023 - 9:56pm