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PMA 2220 : Dance Technique II/Modern
Crosslisted as: PE 1183 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Nicholas Ceynowa
Introductory modern technique intended for students with some dance training. Material covered includes specific spinal and center work with attention to rhythm, design, and movement expression.
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PMA 1611 : Rehearsal and Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Jumay Chu
Beth Milles
Perform in a departmental theatre production or dance concert. Research a role, develop a character, and perform for a live audience in a faculty supervised production. Explore choreography and perform in a departmental dance concert.
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PMA 1610 : Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Sarah Bernstein
Warren Cross
Edward Intemann
Learn what it takes to prepare a live show. Students work on getting scenery, costumes, and lighting ready for performance or for production. Gain the practical skills and learn to use the tools that are integral to the presentation of live art.
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PMA 1410 : Media Production Laboratory
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Warren Cross
The Media Production Lab course is a series of self-contained lecture/workshops on various topics in the production of film and video. The workshops will be a mix of lecture and hands on experience with cameras, lighting and sound equipment. We will cover specific areas such as dollies and rigging, location sound and post production. Open to all skill levels.
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PMA 1200 : Dance Technique I
Crosslisted as: PE 1180 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Emily Healy
Entry-level class. Covers the fundamentals of elementary dance training. Movement sequences focusing on rhythm, placement, and vitality of performance through an anatomically sound dance technique.
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PMA 1146 : FWS: The Public Voice: Rhetoric of Speechwriting
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Theo Black
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PMA 1145 : FWS: Socks, Pads, and Other Stuff(ing): Drag Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Samuel Blake
"We're all born naked and the rest is drag" - RuPaul. This course explores drag as a mode of queer cultural performance. Through a wide range of readings and viewings that introduce a diverse array of drag traditions and aesthetics, we will search for an understanding, even a simple definition, of drag. In so doing, we will explore drag performance as a queer cultural practice, a means of community formation, a potential disruption of gender norms and binaries, and as a radical act of liberation. By engaging in class discussion, practicing a variety of analytic writing styles, and establishing an essay drafting and revising process, students will develop and hone their college writing skills all while investigating drag performance and being absolutely fabulous.
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PMA 1144 : FWS: Propaganda, Protests, and Performance
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Jayme Kilburn
In our current political climate, where is the line drawn between politics and performance? How has performance historically been used to advance political propaganda? In what ways does performance facilitate real social change? From the suffragettes, to the oppression, immigrant worker's rights, to our current culture of political divisiveness theater is used to play on people's prejudices, emotions, and sense of justice. Using historical texts, articles, plays, and online news journals, students will explore a broad range of political theater while examining how performance shapes American culture and identities. The writing in this course is a mix of short essays, creative writing, and a research paper. Each assignment builds off the next, offering students lessons in summary, analyses, research, and finding their own voice.
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PMA 1143 : FWS: Contemporary Film Aesthetics
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Jonathan Cicoski
How does a film come to have its distinct appearance, and why does it matter? The study of aesthetics situates the choices of individual filmmakers—from the color of set pieces to the selection of a scene's musical score—within a number of political, social, and artistic traditions. In this course, we will interrogate those traditions and place our contemporary media moment within a larger cultural history. Over the course of the semester, students will develop a formal vocabulary of film aesthetics and apply it to their writing assignments, including film reviews, scenic analysis, and larger research projects. Screenings may include Tangerine, Lemonade, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Her, In the Mood for Love, and more.
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PMA 1142 : FWS: A Very Special Television Seminar
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Kriszta Pozsonyi
What can TV's "special" categories—such as special episodes and television specials—tell us about how television generally works? In this seminar, we will look at various episodes ranging from Christmas, Halloween, and musical episodes of series to so-called "very special episodes" focusing on uncharacteristically "heavy" social issues, as well as the genre of the stand-up special. We will think about questions of genre and structure in both our television objects and our writing. We will delve into the methodology of audio-visual analysis, and the writing assignments over the semester will allow students to practice and develop their critical skills via short responses, longer essays, and (optional) creative assignments.
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