PMA 4372 Performativity in Paris
This course is only offered in the Summer Session.
This is an interdisciplinary course that includes a critical survey of the history of performance and media in France beginning in the 16th century into the court of Louis XIV, the early 19th-century Romantic period, the Franco/Russian Diaghilev Period, and 20th-century modern dance and theatre, including the work of Josephine Baker and the African American presence in Paris and 21st-century form of martial art/dance called Parkour, developed in the banlieu in the periphery of Paris. Special attention is paid to connections between the body and material space and place in the built domain of urban Paris. Dance, architecture, and urban development will be studied in tandem as reflections of western ideology looking to see how these art forms have contributed to, perpetuated, or confronted issues of classicism, modernity, race, class, gender, sexuality, and political and social power.