This course examines theories and semiotics necessary for understanding contemporary theatres, dances, and performances. The course integrates basic theories of Performance Studies with crucial knowledge of performance semiotics that enables students to critically interpret a performance from different perspectives. To be concrete, throughout the 13-week course, the students will accumulate knowledge of basic theories essential to decoding a performance, such as theories from gender studies, identity politics, post-colonialism, ecological ethics, animal studies and nonhuman philosophies; also, students will cultivate fundamental knowledge of various performance semiotics such as actors, audiences, bodies, movements, sounds and lights. Structurally, each class is 3 hours long and most of the time it will be divided into three 50-minute sessions: a lecture, a seminar on lecture texts, and a seminar on actual performance analysis (excluding the COIL weeks, which will use a different structure). During the seminar, students are acknowledged to partake in the discussion based on the reading materials provided beforehand. In many of the seminars, the students are also provided with a video excerpt of a performance. The videos are taken as objects, which will enrich your discussions. From week 4 to week 9, the first 90-minutes will be proceeded as a part of COIL.
COIL: For 5 weeks from week 4 to week 9 (14 October to 18 November, one-week caesura for week 8 as it is a national holiday), you will be participating in COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning). Dr. Felipe Cervera and his undergraduate students from LaSalle College of Arts, Singapore, as well as Dr. Kristof van Baarle of University of Antwerp will join us to learn and work together. During the 5-week COIL process, the students will be provided with the same learning materials each week, though due to the time difference between two cities (6 hours), the students will not be logging on to the same seminar synchronously. After the COVID pandemic, we expect that the vast majority of art projects will be going digital, and that international online communication will be a crucial competence in the industry. Antwerp University and LaSalle College of Arts have decided to take proactive steps to adapt to the current circumstances and provide an international platform that enables students to increase their artistic, administrative, and technological capacities considered essential to international digital projects. Throughout the 5 weeks, you will be working in a group of 5 to 10 peers. At the end of the 5-week process, each group is expected to provide a portfolio assignment.