Staging Difference: Performance & Identity

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Staging Difference

Spring 2021

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 7294

Credits: 4

If gender, sexuality, race, ability, and age, as embodied social categories, significantly inform how we become legible in the world, to what end do performance practices put these differences on stage to transform, question, obscure, aestheticize, and expand what we understand as human identity? This seminar covers a broad range of contemporary performances including theatre, cabaret, dance, and performance art that express different forms of identity and their intersection on stage, alongside readings in groundbreaking queer, feminist, critical race, disability, and age theories. Students will focus on the exceedingly diverse ways in which performance offers alternative spaces for artists to challenge dominant cultural ideologies, normative identity, and the status quo through theatrical means. Looking at identity-based performances historically will ground the analysis of more contemporary productions, particularly those happening in the current season. Students will further explore how personal identity and the body matter politically in contemporary performance by analyzing various forms of enactment. What does it mean to perform identity on stage and in everyday life? How does performance offer a lens through which to read and understand identity-based differences in the U.S. and beyond? How does personal identity construct our understanding of the world as artists, critics, and spectators? As part of this seminar, in addition to assigned readings, students will be expected to attend a range of performance events around the city that engage with the course theme. Students will also engage with digital and video documentation of performances alongside critical theory and literary texts. This upper-level course is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:36pm 7/11/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021