The Most Interesting Course at U-M?
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Upcoming Courses: Winter 2018 (LSA)
ENG 290.010, MUSPERF 200.001, ALA 260.001
Carries Humanities Distribution Credit
Instructors: Gillian Eaton and Aric Knuth
Tuesday and Thursday 4-5 pm
Angell Hall G127
Plus weekly one-hour discussion section
This course connects undergraduate students directly to the touring, world-class artists who perform music, theater, and dance on the U-M campus. Students will attend live performances, talk with the artists and the arts administrators who help get them here, and explore how the performing arts are an integral part of our lives and the world at large. Class will include lectures (including some by guests and visiting artists), weekly discussion sections, required attendance at evening performances, interactive classroom activities, weekly readings, reaction papers about the performances, and group presentations and/or performances from students in class.
Students will attend live performances of:
- Underground Railroad Game, a daring new theatre work about race in the United States.
- Singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane’s new song cycle Book of Travelers
- An opera in concert production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
- Company Wang Ramirez’s Borderline, a contemporary dance work fusing cultures and styles
- A concert at the Michigan Theater capturing the blues tradition in the Piedmont region of the United States
- The dance-theatre work of Nederlands Dans Theater
- Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea with the Lincoln Center Orchestra
These performances constitute the course’s primary “textbook,” and the full package of tickets is available to students enrolled in the course for the dramatically reduced rate of $120.
By the end of this class students will be able to:
- Rigorously describe live performance
- Imagine how performance asks questions about the world
- Identify how structural choices vary across performances
- Identify various elements of a performance and discuss how they impact one another
- Have knowledge of tools necessary to research a performance’s historical and social context prior to attending a live performance
- Consider how performance might be a mode of research—a way not just to ask a question, but to investigate that question in motion, through sound, etc.
- Learn more about the UMS and what it offers to students
Audience: No previous knowledge of the performing arts is required from students. It is open to undergraduates at all levels and across all departments at the University of Michigan; no previous experience or special training in arts is required.
Engaging Performance is made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a partnership between the University of Michigan and the University Musical Society (UMS).