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PMA 3210 : Dance Technique III/Classical
Crosslisted as: PE 1184 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Intermediate Western classical dance technique. Work is done on strengthening the body through a movement technique emphasizing presence and musicality based on harmonic muscular control.
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PMA 3000 : Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Independent study allows students the opportunity to pursue special interests not treated in regularly scheduled courses. A faculty member, who becomes the student's instructor for the course, must approve the student's program of study and agree to provide continuing supervision of the work.
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PMA 2901 : Spanish Performance Studio: RVVR Caberet Literario
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This studio class will introduce students to a range of contemporary performance techniques in a Spanish context.  Through exercises, improvisation, textual analysis, and scene study, students will develop core acting skills, learn relevant Spanish theatre terminology, and enhance their self-expression in Spanish.  Students will also explore the dramatic and theatrical potential of short Spanish literary texts adapted for the stage.  The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.
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PMA 2800 : Introduction to Acting
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
An introduction to the actor's technique and performance skills, exploring the elements necessary to begin training as an actor, i.e., observation, concentration, and imagination. Focus is on physical and vocal exercises, improvisation, and text and character. There is required play reading, play attendance, and some scene study.
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PMA 2681 : Shakespeare and the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Crosslisted as: ENGL 2080 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Stuart Davis
What can we learn about Shakespeare's plays from their reception by late modernity? What can we learn about modern cultures from the way they appropriate these texts and the Shakespeare mystique? We will study five plays and their adaptations in film and theater and explore the uses made of Shakespeare in education, advertising, and public culture and by the Shakespeare industry itself. For spring 2018: Titus Andronicus, King Lear, Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, and Tempest, with films or filmed productions directed by Julie Taymor, Grigori Kozintsev, Akira Kurosawa, Trevor Nunn, Max Reinhardt, and Fred Wilcox. For updates, see http://courses.cit.cornell.edu/sad4449/2080/.
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PMA 2635 : The Comic Theater
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2651, COML 2230 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Jeffrey Rusten
Study and analysis of 2500 years of comedy (all in English), from Greece (Aristophanes, Menander), Rome (Plautus and Terence), Italy (Machiavelli, The commedia dell' arte), Elizabethan (Shakespeare, Ben Jonson) and Restoration (Congreve, Wycherley) England, France (Molière), Hollywood (Keystone and Hal Roach studios, Screwball comedies of the 30's, Sitcoms) and others besides.
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PMA 2620 : Performing Death and Desire: Vampires on Stage and Screen
Crosslisted as: FGSS 2620 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Why are the undead so long-lived? This course hunts the dangerous and subversive figure of the vampire across a variety of pages, stages and screens. From campy melodramas and raucous stage comedies, to lush cinematic epics and politically savvy television---and all the Draculas that have come and gone in between--we will explore how the vampire changes with medium, period, and genre. Using a variety of critical approaches we will consider why this most persistent cultural metaphor emerges in particular cultural moments, and what social anxieties and desires it articulates. We will interrogate the vampire's relationship to race and gender and analyze how the vampire is constructed, appropriated, adapted, reinvented, and performed in its many contexts, asking what it means for us to consume these texts.
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PMA 2611 : Stage Management Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Practical experience in the organization and management of a theatrical production as an assistant stage manager for a fully supported department production under the supervision of the staff stage manager.
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PMA 2610 : Production Crew Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Learn what it means to run a live show or a film festival. Participate as part of a team to ensure all the elements work together and on time. Learn the intricacies of collaborating with a production group to create a unified artistic vision. Program lighting, sound, or video boards, or participate as a dresser, stage crew member, assistant stage manager, production assistant or projectionist.
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PMA 2510 : Film Festival Production Lab
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Learn the skills necessary to produce/curate/mount a film festival from planning to execution. The Centrally Isolated Film Festival (CIFF) involves students in all aspects of film festival organization, and welcomes students with skills in particular areas: publicity, design, administration, management, fundraising, solicitation of films, invitation of guests, reviewing films, curating the program, running the event itself. The course may span 2 semesters. There will be an informational meeting each fall semester to plan the coming year's events and time schedule.
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