H42.2617 / Fall 1997 / Mondays 4-7, Room 636,
Sections: Tuesdays, 4-5:30, 5:30-7
Department of Performance Studies
New York University
The Electronic Access for additional features and resources, including our newsgroup, announcements and guidelines, bibliographies, electronic texts, and links to other sites. nyu.tsoa.ps.issues_methods . Those so inclined are encouraged to write components of the home page for the course. Be sure to take advantage of: UnCover Reveal will deliver tables of contents of journals (you specify which ones) to your email box. Using Netscape and your NYU account, sign up as a New User and create a Profile. Muse offers online access to the full text of recent issues of Performing Arts Journal, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Diacritics, and Postmodern Culture, among others. We strongly recommend that you use a program such as EndNote or Pro-Cite to manage and format bibliographic information, as well as notes that you take on the readings.
Unit I: "INTRODUCTION"
Unit II: "OBJECT PERFORMANCE"
Unit III: TOTAL PERFORMANCE
Unit IV: DIASPORIC PERFORMANCE
WHAT IS PERFORMANCE? READ: Williams, "Introduction," "Culture," Keywords, pp. 11-26, 87-93. Schechner,"Introduction." Draft for textbook on Performance Studies under contract with Routledge. RECOMMENDED: Schechner, "Points of Contact" and "Performers and Spectators, Transported and Transformed," Between Theater and Anthropology. Dening, "Theatricality and the Paradoxes of Acting," Performances. Hibbits, "Coming to Our Senses: Communication and Legal Expression in Performance Cultures," ASSIGNMENT: Collect the various ways in which the word "performance" is used in daily life, including conversation and the media (sports, arts and leisure, business, travel, technology, etc.). Write a one- page keyword entry for "performance," based on the materials you have gathered. Bring 2 copies to class. Watch the television coverage of the Princess Di's funeral. Tapes are available in the Performance Studies Archive. The coverage is 4 hours long--be sure to watch at least the last fifteen minutes of the first tape (end of the procession to the cathedral) and the first hour of the second tape (the funeral itself). We will use this event as the performance anchor for this unit. ======== 2. 9/15 "What is 'Performance Studies' Anyway?" Draft for textbook on Performance Studies under contract with Routledge. Pelias and VanOosting, "A Paradigm for Performance Studies," Quarterly Journal of Speech 73,2 (1987): 219-231. RECOMMENDED: Carlson, Performance: A Critical Introduction. Lentricchia and McLaughlin, Critical Terms for Literary Study. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism Performance Writing ASSIGNMENT: Write a 2-3 page response to one or more of the readings for the first two weeks. ========== 3. 9/22 The Electronic Disturbance, Critical Art Ensemble (1994). RECOMMENDED: Jon McKenzie, All Performance Is Electronic: Feedback Requested UnCover Reveal will deliver tables of contents of journals (you specify which ones) to your email box. Using Netscape and your NYU account, sign up as a New User and create a Profile. Muse offers online access to the full text of recent issues of Performing Arts Journal, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Diacritics, and Postmodern Culture, among others. Women and Performance Issue 17: Sexuality and Cyberspace, Introduction by Terri M. Senft and "Femme Manifesto." Public Space/Culture Wars StudioLab ASSIGNMENT: Post a response (2 paragraphs) to the reading on the class newsgroup: nyu.tsoa.ps.issues_methods and participate in the discussion that ensues. Do an electronic search for books, articles, media, and archival material (if appropriate) for the research paper you will write for another course. Use at least two of the following: RLIN (mail the results to yourself), CarlUncover (for articles), CD- ROMS in Bobst (MLA, newspapers, dissertations, etc.), and web searches. Post queries and tips to the class newsgroup. Bring the results to class. 4. 9/29 "Puppets and Performing Objects in the Twentieth Century," Performing Arts Journal 56 (1997): 29-46. Kleist, "On the Marionette Theatre," TDR T55 (1972), 22-26. Craig, "The Actor and the Uebermarionette," in On the Art of the Theatre, 54-94. Schlemmer et al, "Man and the Art Figure" and "Theater (Buehne)," in The Theatre of the Bauhaus, 17-46, 81-101. Bring the readings to class. Please mark one (or more) passages in each reading that offers a concept useful to our discussions of performance as a keyword? How do the passages you have selected historicize the term performance, whether or not this term is actually used? Identify other keywords and the "cluster" they form? Try to link the terms and concepts to the artistic practices envisioned by the authors. To contextualize the readings, look up names and keywords in The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism and Critical Terms for Art History. RECOMMENDED: de Man, "Aesthetic Formalization: Kleist's "Ueber das Marionettentheater," The Rhetoric of Romanticism. Breton, "Surrealist Situation of the Object: Situation of the Surrealist Object," in Manifestos of Surrealism (1969). Leger, "The Spectacle: Light, Color, Moving Image, Object- Spectacle," in Functions of Painting (1973), pp. 35-47. Tillis, "The Actor Occluded: Puppet Theatre and Acting Theory 1," Theatre Topics 6, 2 (1996): 109-119. A critique of Craig. ========== 6. 10/13 "The Sioux War Panorama and American Mythic History". Shershow, Puppets and Popular Culture (1995). Baldwin, Toy Theatres of the World (1992). Speaight, The History of the English Toy Theatre (1969). Becker, "Text-Building, Epistemology, and Aesthetics in Javanese Shadow Theatre," in The Imagination of Reality (1979), pp. 211- 143. Keeler, Javanese Shadow Plays, Javanese Selves (1987). 10/18 Saturday Toy Theater Workshop We will meet in the Studio at 10 am. The morning and afternoon will be devoted to developing and rehearsing performances and making the last adjustments to the physical theaters themselves. The performances will take place in the Studio starting promptly at 7 pm. Family and friends are welcome. ========== 7. 10/20 "Death and Performing Objects." PForm: A Journal of Interdisciplinary and Performance Art 41 (fall 1996): 16-19. Barthes, "The Three Writings" and "Animate/Inanimate," Empire of Signs, 48-55, 58-60. Kott, "Bunraku and Kabuki, Or About Imitation," Salamagundi 35 (fall 1976): 99-109. Bring texts to class and mark passages for discussion. DUE October 27: Post 2 paragraphs reflecting on the process of "performing theory" and/or discovering theory in performance, based on the readings for this unit, your experience creating and performing a toy theater, and class discussion. Participate in online discussion. RECOMMENDED Adache, Backstage at Bunraku (1985). Proschan "The Semiotic Study of Puppets, Masks, and Performing Objects," Semiotica 47-1/4 (1983): 3-44. Veltrusky, "Man and Object in Theatre," in A Prague School Reader on Esthetics, Literary Structure, and Style, ed. Paul L. Gavin (1964), pp. 83-91. Bogatyrev, "Semiotics in the Folk Theatre," in Semiotics of Art, 33-50. Pietz, "The Problem of the Fetish I," RES 9 (spring 1985): 5-17. Rykwert, "Organic and Mechanical," RES 22 (autumn 1992): 11-18. Fried, "Art and Objecthood," in Minimal Art, 116-147. NOTE: There are some very interesting object/puppet performances in town this season. Japan Society, November 14 and 15, will feature a form of puppetry believed to be a precursor to bunraku, which is one of the most incredible forms of puppetry. Great Small Works will perform at Los Kapayitos Puppet Theater: Call 212-260-4080. This venue will also host "The Radicality of Puppet Theater: Talk & Film Series," curated by John Bell and Jenny Romaine (Performance Studies alumna), on Tuesday nights--films, illustrated lectures, and performances. Call 212-260-4080, X14. The series starts October 14, with John Bell's slide show on puppets and propaganda and book signing (*Landscape and Desire*). ======================= UNIT III: TOTAL PERFORMANCE This unit will be built around Halloween (and Day of the Dead). We will focus on theoretical approaches to play, ritual, and carnival, with special reference to the city. We will combine ethnographic and historical methods by first, attending Halloween events during the period October 22-31, and second, by working with historical material. Attend and document at least one Halloween event during the next two weeks. Take field notes on the event. You may also use video, audio, and photographic techniques. Everything Halloween for New York City, including everything you need to know about the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Follow the links, including "Halloween-O-Webbery", "Halloween: Myths, Monsters, and Devils", which is a very rich site, including links to religious issues and controversies, and "Halloween Events in New York City." Haunted Houses in New York City St. John the Divine Cathedral Ghosts and Ghouls Procession. Plus showing of silent vampire classic Nosferatu, with organ accompaniment 10/30 at 7pm and 10pm. $12/$6 students and seniors. Call 662-2133 for tickets. Day of the Dead celebrations at the American Indian Community House, 404 Lafayette Street, 8th fl, November 2, 1-8 pm. Procession at 6 pm. 212-598-0100. For background on Day of the Dead "Prepare to be consumed...gothic.net is waiting for you!" Halloween Adventure Shops, 104 4th Ave., East Village between 11th and 12th Streets. 212-673-4546. Avant-Ghoul-Arama, PS 122 (Friday October 31, 8:30 pm), 212-477-5288 for reservations. Madison Scare Garden, thru 10/26. $15.45-$17.95. 212-307-7171 or Ticketmaster. Maskarave, at the Tunnel 27th st and 12th Ave. 10/31 2am 'til noon. $25. 307- 7171 Halloween Ball at Webster Hall. 123 E. 11th St. 9pm. $20. 307-7171 Staten Island Children's Museum HALLOWEEN HOOPLA 1000 Richmond Terrace (Snug Harbor Cultural Center) SI 10801-1199 Oct 26 Sun 12-5pm $7, $6 for members (718) 273-2060 New York Botanical Garden HALLOWEEN ON HAUNTED WALK with Ralph Lee 200th st and Southern Blvd, Bronx 10458 (718) 817-8700 Oct 26 Sun 2pm Gothic/Industrial Clubs Opera THE GATHERING 539 W 21st bet 10th and 11th aves $5 Tues 10pm 229-1618 ------ The Bank THE REALM 225 E. Houston at ave a 505-5033 Fri 11pm $12, $8 with pass ----- The Bank ALBION see above Daily 11pm ------ CBGB's 313 gallery ALCHEMY 313 bowery (at Bllecker) Mon 10pm $3 529-7671 ------ Down time BATCAVE 251 W 30yh bet 7th and 8th ave Sat 8pm $12, $8 w/ flyer 695-2747 ------- Pyramid Club EXEDOR 101 Ave A bet 6th and 7th st Sat 10pm $10, $6 w/ pass 473-7184 ------ Sanctuary Lounge 444 7th ave at 15th st Thurs 10pm Free ------- And for the fearless amongst you. Pork at L.U.R.E. (409 W 13th bet 9th and 10th 741-3919) usually does something around Halloween. It's on Weds nights it's gay s/m with a strict dress code - uniforms, fetish, leather -- lots of leather. Take your daddy! ================= 8. 10/27 GSAS Guide to Graduate Research. Follow the links for Academic and Public Libraries, Historical Resources, and Cultural Resources. Each group will report on their findings in chronological order during the November 10 class. Our goal is to discover historical problems presented by the evidence and to relate the historical material to contemporary Halloween practices. Roach's Cities of the Dead is our model. FRIDAY OCTOBER 31: Halloween. Class is encouraged to attend the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and to participate in it, if so inclined. Everything Halloween for New York City, including everything you need to know about the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. ================= 9. 11/3 Simas, Review of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk Willis, "Black Women Hoofers: Tapping Their Rhythms and Telling Their Stories," Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women 8, no. 2 (fall 1994). Malone, Steppin' on the Blues: The Visible Rhythms of African American Dance. Hazzard, Jookin': The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African American Culture. Gothschild, Brenda Dixon. Digging the Africanist Presence. Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Olaniyan, Scars of Conquest/Masks of Resistance: The Invention of Cultural Identities in African, African-American, and Caribbean Drama. Dent, ed., Black Popular Culture. Kratz, Affecting Performance: Meaning, Movement, and Experience in Okiek Women's Initiation. Broyles-Gonzalez, El Teatro Campesino. ==================== 13. 12/1 Performing the Diaspora: Ireland Felicia McCarren and Jaime Morrison will join us. READ: Mauss, "Body Techniques," Sociology and Psychology: Essays by Marcel Mauss, 97-123. Ramirez, "Social and Political Dimensions of Folklorico Dance: The Binational Dialectic of Residual and Emergent Culture," Western Folklore 48 (1989): 15-32. Hall, "Cultural Identity and Diaspora," in Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory, 392-401. RECOMMENDED Connerton, "Bodily Practices," How Societies Remember, 72-103. Feldman, Formations of Violence. Kilkelly, "Ghost Notes," Women and Performance 13. Cullinane, Aspects of History of Irish Dancing in North America. Wagner, Adversaries of Dance: From the Puritans to the Present. Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White. Ramsey, Indigenism, Tourism, and Official Nationalism: Staged Folklore in Haiti, 1941-1957. M.A. Thesis, Performance Studies, 1994. ========================== 14. 12/8 Conclusion Assignment due. Based on your observations of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk and Riverdance and the readings, discuss the deployment of the body in the name of "identity" and "heritage." 4 pages, double spaced. 12/15 PORTFOLIO DUE The portfolio should contain all the written work done for the semester, including fieldnotes, interviews, research, essays that were handed in, posted to the newsgroup, and revised (hand in both the original essay and the revised one).