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TDM 161: Live Art from Archival Sources: Devised Theater Workshop

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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How can vinyl records, legal transcripts, classic movies, home recordings, 19th century burlesque routines, or old photographs become the raw materials for some of today’s most compelling theater? And how do these works ask audiences to reconsider our inheritance of the past, creating a dialogue between the past and the present? This course focuses on theater-makers and processes of production that turn objects, archives and cultural data from the past into vibrant forms of contemporary performance. In the first half of the course, we will explore works by Tina Satter, Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Phil Soltanoff, Kaneza Schaal and Object Collection (among others), meet with these artists to discuss their processes, and take a deep dive into our own archives at the Harvard Libraries. Moving from theory to practice, we will then devise our own solo and collaborative works based on objects and artifacts of our choosing. This course is for writers, directors, designers and performers willing to work across disciplines.


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