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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon
Course Coordinator and Team: Benil Biswas and SCCE Faculty.
Email of course coordinator: benil[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Pre-requisites: Compulsory for all Performance Studies first semester students, no prior knowledge assumed.
This course is envisaged as an attempt to look at the history and historiography of performance through a non-hegemonic perspective. In order to attain this vision, this course would implement a genealogical model, breaking away from the linear model of historical studies. The attempt is to devise a course that will cut across geographical divisions and categories of performances and performative practices in terms of performance-based categories such as conventions, devices, sites, genres, approaches etc. The course requires reading and viewing of documented videos of different styles and conventions of performances.
The books and videos are available in different libraries across Delhi including Sahitya Akademi, Sangeet Natak Akademi, libraries in Max Mueller Bhavan and French Cultural Centre, apart from video documentations of performance accessible in sites such as Global Shakespeare and Hemispheric Institute. These resources as well as personal resources of faculties will be used for teaching.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Week # 1 & 2: Introduction to Performance Perspectives:
History, Historiography and Processes in between. Historical Thinking!
Week # 3 & 4: Origin theories of performance: Theatre, Ritual, Performance
Week # 4 & 5: History/Memory/Myth and Performance
Week # 6: Greek Performance Culture in Ancient Greece: 5- 4th C Athens & Theory of Tragedy: Poetics and Catharsis
Week# 7: Christian Theatre and Liturgical Performance
Week# 8: Theatre Mundus (Theatre of the World) in Medieval, Elizabethan and Modern Age with special reference to interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays
Week # 9: Performance Traditions of Japan-1: Noh and Kyogen
Week # 10: Performance Traditions of Japan-2: Kabuki and Bunraku
Week # 11: Sanskrit Theatre-1 :Natyashatra
Week# 12: Sanskrit Theatre-2: Sanskrit Drama in Performance
Week# 13: Commedia dell' Arte
Week# 14: Issues in Historiography- How Societies Remember.
Assessment Details with weights:
The assessment involves students submitting Three Response Papers, One Presentation, and One end-semester paper in each semester. The response papers are short responses to the readings and discussions of a unit. These require no outside reading (other than the assigned readings and discussions in the class), and require students to take any concept, problematic, or performance piece and provide a close analysis. The response papers need the students to pay attention to specificities, details and nuances, working through the central problem they have taken up and bringing into tension the possible different perspectives for analysis. For the final semester presentation, students are required to choose one performance practice, site, conventions etc from the entire semester, and with the help of additional academic readings on the area make a presentation and write a research paper. Grade break-down for these assignments are as follow:
*All students must participate in all course assessments to obtain a passing course grade.