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Performance Beyond Theatres

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Institution: Western University
Jan 2020 - April 2020
Tue 3:30-4:30 and Thu 2:30-4:30
Course Code:
Department: Arts and Humanities
Course Level:
2nd year

Performance Beyond Theatres introduces students in the TS major and minor to the interdisciplinary field of Performance Studies, which gathers knowledge and practices from anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, literary studies, and more. Performance Studies investigates the performative nature of everyday life, examining such phenomena as walking and moving in the city, sports events, religious services, political protests, and the development of neighbourhood cultures (for example, gentrification practices) through the lens of performance. The goal of PS, and thus of this class, is to help students understand how performance structures everyday interactions and shapes the ways in which citizenship is actualized; it is thus an example of "performance as a public practice", something at the core of our Theatre Studies program at Western. (We need think no further than the differing, yet weirdly complementary, styles of politicians like Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump to understand very clearly how performance actualizes citizenship in both positive and negative ways.)