The Cornell Department of Performing and Media Arts Summer Program in Europe is a six-week program of eight credits, or one of two consecutive three-week programs for four credits each. It is designed to give students an arts-focused, wide-reaching introduction to the urban culture of two European cities: Rome, Italy, and Paris, France.
The programs are interdisciplinary in nature, while enabling a field specific focus in cinema, dance, non-verbal theater performance visual studies, Italian studies, or queer studies. Within the overarching structure, work is done by each student in either the creation of original performance or in written critical analysis.
For each program (the first in Paris, the second in Rome), there is a required interdisciplinary four-credit core course combining performance and cinema studies with architectural/urban history and general cultural studies. These four-credit courses are combined with disciplinary focus chosen in collaboration with the program director.
Paris, June 7–28 (four credits, three weeks)
Performativity in Paris is the core course in the Paris program. Applying the concept of performativity to the built environment, we will consider the relationships between the moving body and different types of urban space as made manifest through architecture and landscape architecture (garden and park design).
Connections will be made to the history of western concert dance, theater, and French cinema, culminating in explorations of modernism and postmodernism in dance, architecture, art, and music. Students will explore the ways in which each area of interest interfaces with the various sites visited. This session may include public performance(s) and/or exhibition of original student work.
Rome, June 30–July 21 (four credits, three weeks)
The core course in Rome, Ancient/Modern Corporealities, will focus on the ways in which urban space is translated into cinema and back into public space via performance. In conjunction with exploration of the cityscape, we will view iconic films that have used the streets of Rome as a location. These films range from popular Hollywood entertainment to Italian neo-realism to thought-provoking avant-garde films. A lecture/discussion will follow each film, as well as a tour of the sites that were used in the films, focusing particularly on spatial authenticity.
After collecting and translating the information from the films and their spaces, students will produce a film, improvisational dance, improvisational theater piece, or critical essay. The session may include public performance and/or exhibition of original student work.