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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon
Course Coordinator and Team: Deepan Sivaraman
Email of course coordinator: deepan[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Pre-requisites: No prior knowledge assumed.
Space is a social product and the nature of this space will vary according to the values, habits, ideology and social practices of a group, in the particular historical moment of their production. All these factors need to be considered when analysing spatial practice. In this course we will address these issues of spatial construction looking at variety of performance spaces from a historical, socio political, metaphysical and geographic perspective. It will discuss the sacredness, interactivity, power, politics, gender and aesthetics of performance spaces. The key feature of this course is it deals with practice as well as theoretical studies. It encourage the students to produce experimental performances guided by the course leader in the context of establish spatial theories of performance. Through a number of performance practice, lecture series, performance watching and debates students will study the taxonomy of the spatial conventions of building based theatre; tracking the shift from stage space to performance spaces both within and outside theatre buildings, analysing the site specificity of environmental theatre, engaging with the philosophy of theatre in found spaces, and engage with the hyper realities of immersive and virtual spaces.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Week 1 – 2
Spaces and spectatorship in Indian performance tradition.
Emergence of proscenium, theatre trade and class based viewership.
Proscenium and its influence over post-colonial Indian theatre
Spatiality of site specific and environmental performances
Week 8- 9
Alternative spaces of 20th century Avant- Garde theatre
During the last four weeks of the course students will be devising a theatre performance inspired by a literary work directed by the course leader.
Assessment Details with weights:
assessment involves students presenting their weekly readings and taking part in a performance practice and reflective writing. Students are also expected to actively involve in the discussions and the process of play making.
*All students must participate in all course assessments to obtain a passing course grade.