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Course Schedule for THEATER AND DANCE - Spring 2017
Class
No.
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
Required
Dist Qtr
4222 THDN-103-01 Basic Acting 1.00 STU Hendrick,Michelle MW: 10:00AM-12:00PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 14
  NOTE: 5 spaces reserved for first-year students; 4 for sophomores, 3 for juniors, and 2 for seniors.
  An introduction to the basic elements of acting. Students will work on releasing tension, developing their powers of concentration, promoting spontaneity through improvisation, and exploring a systematic approach to preparing a role for performance. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level acting courses.
4762 THDN-103-02 Basic Acting 1.00 STU Hendrick,Michelle TR: 10:00AM-12:00PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 14
  NOTE: 5 spaces reserved for first-year students; 4 for sophomores, 3 for juniors, and 2 for seniors.
  An introduction to the basic elements of acting. Students will work on releasing tension, developing their powers of concentration, promoting spontaneity through improvisation, and exploring a systematic approach to preparing a role for performance. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level acting courses.
4172 THDN-109-02 Performance 0.25 STU Staff,Trinity TBA TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Major performance participation in a faculty-directed dance showcase concert or a non-faculty-directed Theater and Dance Department production. Students participating in the production should see the show's director to arrange for .25 credit. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration.
4173 THDN-109-03 Production 0.25 STU Staff,Trinity TBA TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Major technical role in a faculty-directed dance showcase concert or a non-faculty-directed Theater and Dance Department production. Students participating in the production should see the show's technical director to arrange for .25 credit. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration.
4916 THDN-123-01 Introduction to Ballet 1.00 STU Power,Katharine G. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 11
  NOTE: 3 seats are reserved for seniors, 3 for juniors, 3 for sophomores, and 2 for first year students.
  Designed for the beginning-level dancer. This course combines an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet dance technique with an integrating seminar on the history and aesthetics of classical and contemporary ballet.
5292 THDN-209-01 African Dance 0.50 STU Cancelled GLB1  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Energetic and vibrant, African dance embodies joyful expression of the spirit through the physical body. This class provides an introduction to West African dance and culture. Students will learn steps from traditional dances from Guinea, West Africa; the role dance plays in Guinean culture; and develop an understanding of the communication between the drum and the dancer. The class includes a performance requirement, but no previous dance experience is necessary. Also listed under international studies/African studies.
5218 THDN-209-34 Capoeira 0.50 STU Silva,Efraim P. MW: 3:30PM-4:45PM TBA GLB1  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form, a mixture of dance, self-defense, and gymnastics. It is a living tradition on the streets of Brazil - an integral part of the Brazilian culture. Capoeira is music for the ears, rhythm for the body, and wonder for the eyes. While learning how to play the berimbau, how to sing in Portuguese, or how to do a cartwheel, the students become familiar with a beautiful art form that was born out of the human desire for freedom.
5300 THDN-209-40 Mvmnt Fundmntals:ModernDance 0.50 STU Newell CMA,Pamela S. MW: 10:00AM-11:30AM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  A basic movement course with emphasis on alignment, breath, gesture, and physical presence.
4918 THDN-218-01 Principles of Movement 1.00 STU Farlow,Lesley J. MW: 10:00AM-11:15AM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  NOTE: 4 seats reserved for seniors, 4 seats for juniors, 4 seats for sophomores, and 6 seats for first year students.
  An introduction to body alignment, flexibility, and the basic principles of movement. The course will introduce students to the study of the musculoskeletal structure and basic kinesiology. It will include a physical practice based on yoga, Pilates, and stretching, along with some basic choreographic structures. For dancers, actors, athletes and all those interested in understanding and experiencing how and why the body moves.
4904 THDN-220-01 Kathak: Philosophy & Practice 1.00 STU Agrawal,Rachna R. MW: 4:00PM-5:30PM TBA GLB1  
  Enrollment limited to 16
  This course emphasizes the practice, theory, and philosophy of Kathak, a classical dance of India, which originated over 2,000 years ago. Evolving from a blend of Middle Eastern dance styles and ancient Indian storytelling art form, Kathak combines dance, drama, and music to convey ideas and emotions. Modern Kathak emphasizes geometric patterns and design with special emphasis on footwork, pirouettes and intricate rhythms. The course covers specific techniques as well as the cultural context from which they evolved. The course also includes analyses of philosophical, economic, political, and gender issues that facilitated the development of Kathak. Also listed under international studies/Asian studies.
4764 THDN-225-01 Intro to Interactive Media 1.00 STU Patterson,Hannah M. M: 6:00PM-9:00PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Cyberspace is merging with physical space as new technologies and applications make their way into almost every phase of artistic practice and root themselves in our day-to-day lives. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of new media history as well as hands-on experience using various interactive technologies towards application in live art and performance practice. Areas to be covered include: remix practice, online communities, sound/video art, and interactive audio and video programming. The forms and uses of the new technologies are explored in a studio context of experimentation and discussion. Assignments will take the form of experimental paper writing, assemblages, installations, sound mash-ups, and ‘interactive’ art projects.
5197 THDN-227-01 Stage Design Theater & Dance 1.00 STU Brown,Timothy Michael F: 1:15PM-4:15PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  This course explores the art of stage setting from conceptual development to visual realization in the theater. The visual and dynamic relationships between the performer and the space in which he or she performs will be examined in theatrical and dance contexts.
4441 THDN-229-01 Jazz Dance Technique II 0.50 STU Matias,Lisa TR: 1:15PM-2:45PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Designed for intermediate level dancers with previous training in modern, jazz, lyrical, or ballet. This course deepens the dancer's understanding of the principles of jazz dance, with an emphasis on rhythmic complexity and performative style.
4919 THDN-231-01 Modern Dance Technique II 0.50 STU Cancelled ART  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  For the dancer with some experience; a continued exploration and deepening of the dancer’s understanding of the principles of modern dance movement and a strengthening of technical skills.
4765 THDN-233-01 Critical Views/Critical Values 1.00 LEC Power,Katharine G. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Why are we profoundly moved by a particular performance we see? Why are we perplexed? Or disturbed? What is going on in a performance that we should understand in order to come to terms with our own values about art and life? And how have others come to such terms? These are the questions that students will consider as they examine a broad array of critical perspectives on performances both present and past as a means to developing their own criteria for critical elevation.
4543 THDN-235-01 Voice 1.00 STU Bakkensen,Tamala F: 11:30AM-2:30PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  NOTE: 4 seats reserved for first-year students, 3 for sophomores, 3 for juniors, and 2 for seniors.
  This course teaches students how to use the voice in performance by expanding their expressive range through structured exercises that develop resonance and articulation and that free specific tension points. The approach to vocal work developed by Kristin Linklater will be the foundation for this investigation.
4618 THDN-247-01 Post War American Theater 1.00 SEM Power,Katharine G. M: 1:15PM-3:55PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  This course offers a survey of prominent plays and choreographies authored by American theater artists during the post-war period (1945-1965). Playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Lorraine Hansberry, and Tennessee Williams, along with selected choreographers, including Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey will be discussed with reference to the House Committee on Unamerican Activities; the popularity of Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis; the emergence of a civil rights movement; and the social and political forces of "containment" that defined the early years of the Cold War era.
4667 THDN-270-01 Arts in Action: Community 1.00 SEM Roberts,Jennifer L. TR: 4:30PM-5:45PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  In this course we will examine the way the arts in general and movement in particular both engage a community and are engaged in the community. Using Hartford and the region as a field for our inquiry, we will look at the role the arts play in contributing to the overall health of a community with a particular focus on schools for at-risk youth, correctional institutions, homes for the elderly, specialized magnet schools, after-school programming and performance that utilizes the community as a generative resource. In addition to readings, films, guest speakers and discussions, there will be applied observation and study in the city of Hartford and beyond.
5219 THDN-301-01 Directing/Devising Performance 1.00 STU Cancelled ART  
  Enrollment limited to 10
  Prerequisite: At least one theater and dance course or permission of instructor.
  This class is designed for students interested in expanding their understanding of theoretical and devised approaches to directing for theater. The readings and exercises for this course will focus on the work of experimental theater artists from the 20th century to the present, examining the various ways directors and ensembles have investigated the relationship of form and content to research innovative modes of storytelling. Particular attention will be paid to multimedia and devised performance practice. Students will create work inspired by the artists and productions studied, applying theory to practice in performance work.
5266 THDN-302-01 Horror & the Culture of Excess 1.00 LEC Polin,Mitchell A. W: 1:00PM-4:00PM TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  Zombies, vampires, and werewolves appear across the landscape of contemporary film, television, and theater. Monsters reveal the limits of the imagination and have traditionally symbolized the domains beyond rationality and the terrors of the unconscious. This course will examine the horror genre, paying particular attention to such topics as: psychopathology and private worlds; fear of imperfection and impurity; and the performance of excess. Students in the course will examine films (including The Ring and Videodrome); television shows (including Walking Dead, True Blood, and Twin Peaks); and performance events such as haunted houses, ghost tours, séances, and other phantasmagoria.
5196 THDN-306-01 Advanced Acting 1.00 STU Winters,Gerald B. TR: 10:00AM-12:00PM TBA ART  
  Enrollment limited to 12
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Theater and Dance 103 or permission of instructor.
  This course will focus on advanced physical, vocal, psychological, and imaginative actor training through a combination of exercises, improvisations, scene and monologue preparation, and/or work towards a performance.
4920 THDN-309-01 Stage Production 0.50 STU Polin,Mitchell A. TBA TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Major performance or design participation in a faculty-directed Theater and Dance Department production. Cast members will enroll at the first rehearsal. Design students will enroll with the technical director. All students participating in the production will receive .5 credit and will be graded. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration.
4400 THDN-309-02 Stage Production 0.50 STU Farlow,Lesley J. TBA TBA Y ART  
  Enrollment limited to 8
  Major performance or design participation in a faculty-directed Theater and Dance Department production. Cast members will enroll at the first rehearsal. Design students will enroll with the technical director. All students participating in the production will receive .5 credit and will be graded. Do not register for this course during regular Trinity College registration.
4334 THDN-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
4335 THDN-466-01 Teaching Assistantship 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
4336 THDN-497-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The second semester of a capstone exercise for all theater and dance majors who do not elect the two-credit thesis option. Students will be required to present an original theatrical piece and to submit an accompanying paper as the culmination of their work in the Theater and Dance Department.
4333 THDN-499-01 Senior Thesis Part 2 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  An option available only to student with strong academic records in the major and proven ability to work independently. Individual topics to be selected by the student and approved by departmental faculty. It is expected that the thesis will consist of a substantial written component with a performance or public presentation which relates in some fundamental way to the written part of the thesis. Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for each semester of this year-long thesis. (2 course credits are considered pending for Part 1 in the first semester; 2 course credits will be awarded for completion of Part 2 in the second semester.)