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Actors and the Art of Performance
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Performance Philosophy is an emerging interdisciplinary field of thought, creative practice and scholarship. The Performance Philosophy book series comprises monographs and essay collections addressing the relationship between performance and philosophy within a broad range of philosophical traditions and performance practices, including drama, theatre, performance arts, dance, art and music. The series also includes studies of the performative aspects of life and, indeed, philosophy itself. As such, the series addresses the philosophy of performance as well as performance-as-philosophy and philosophy-as-performance.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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LibreTexts
Author:
Susanne Valerie Granzer
Date Added:
12/25/2021
An American Playgoer at Home
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An American Playgoer at Home serves as a companion volume to An American Playgoer in London. It captures the author’s theatregoing on his home territory in Northampton and Amherst, Massachusetts, in Hartford, Connecticut, in New York City, and in other places in the USA and in Canada as well. As a companion volume it covers approximately the same period of roughly four decades, from the early 1970s into the second decade of the new century. Almost all of the reviews are of live theatre; a few are of films that have an important dramatic quality or are a film version of an existing play, as in the instance of O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh.

Word Count: 187703

ISBN: 978-1-945764-13-4

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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Textbook
Date Added:
01/04/2021
American Popular Music
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This course surveys the development of popular music in the United States and in a cross-cultural milieu relative to the history and sociology of the last two hundred years. It examines the ethnic mixture that characterizes modern music, how it reflects many rich traditions and styles, and provides a background for understanding the musical vocabulary of current popular music styles.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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MIT
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Author:
Neff, Teresa
Date Added:
09/01/2014
The Anthropology of Sound
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This class examines the ways humans experience the realm of sound and how perceptions and technologies of sound emerge from cultural, economic, and historical worlds. In addition to learning about how environmental, linguistic, and musical sounds are construed cross-culturally, students learn about the rise of telephony, architectural acoustics, and sound recording, as well as about the globalized travel of these technologies. Questions of ownership, property, authorship, and copyright in the age of digital file sharing are also addressed. A major concern will be with how the sound/noise boundary has been imagined, created, and modeled across diverse sociocultural and scientific contexts. Auditory examples — sound art, environmental recordings, music — will be provided and invited throughout the term.

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Anthropology
Arts and Humanities
Graphic Arts
Performing Arts
Social Science
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Helmreich, Stefan
Date Added:
02/01/2008
Anthropology of the Middle East
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This course examines traditional performances of the Arabic-speaking populations of the Middle East and North Africa. Starting with the history of the ways in which the West has discovered, translated and written about the Orient, we will consider how power and politics play roles in the production of culture, narrative and performance. This approach assumes that performance, verbal art, and oral literature lend themselves to spontaneous adaptation and to oblique expression of ideas and opinions whose utterance would otherwise be censorable or disruptive. In particular we will be concerned with the way traditional performance practices are affected by and respond to the consequences of modernization.
Topics include oral epic performance, sacred narrative, Koranic chant performance, the folktale, solo performance, cultural production and resistance.

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Anthropology
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
History
Literature
Performing Arts
Reading Literature
Social Science
World Cultures
World History
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Slyomovics, Susan
Date Added:
02/01/2004
Aural Training and Sight Singing Supplement for Comprehensive Musicianship: A Practical Resource
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This supplement was designed to help students build a strong foundation in aural training and sight singing by progressing through the core rhythmic and melodic patterns that are found in music. Through the progression of content, students will build skills in pattern recognition and an understanding of how music functions. Rhythms for each section include single and two-part examples as well as pitched examples for use in aural training. Melodies for each section include single line melodies, canons, duets, and chorales. Melodies were designed to be easily accessible for students with basic keyboard skills, and were written without articulation and dynamic markings to allow students and instructors the flexibility to personalize them.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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Textbook
Provider:
University of Northern Iowa
Author:
Daniel Swilley
Heather Peyton
Jonathan Schwabe
Randall Harlow
Date Added:
04/04/2023
Back to Methuselah
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A Metabiological Pentateuch

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In this bold cycle of five plays, featuring an extensive introduction, George Bernard Shaw examines society’s ills and imagines a solution which takes his audience from the Garden of Eden to as far as thought can reach.

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Can modern civilization honestly hope to have competent leaders, given that the complexities of society are too great for any one person to truly grasp? Even back in 1921, George Bernard Shaw thought such expectations were unrealistic. How then can contemporary societies hope to thrive?

For modern civilizations to prosper, Shaw argues that increased longevity is essential. In Back to Methuselah: A Metabiological Pentateuch, Shaw imagines a history in which extreme longevity can be reached through creative evolution, a process motivated by humanity’s creative impulse. Although Shaw rooted his theories in Lamarckian science, which has since fallen out of scientific favor, Shaw’s artistic achievements continue to demand our attention.

Back to Methuselah features an extensive introduction that details Shaw’s ideas and five plays which bring those ideas to life, imagining a new human history, stretching out one idea, one myth, from the Garden of Eden to as far as thought can reach. A metabiological pentateuch, indeed.

Word Count: 112336

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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Textbook
Date Added:
02/08/2024
The Bard in the Borderlands: An Anthology of Shakespeare Appropriations en La Frontera, Volume 1
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For several decades, Chicanx and Indigenous theatermakers have been repurposing Shakespeare’s plays to reflect the histories and lived realities of the US–Mexico Borderlands and to create space to tell stories of and for La Frontera. Celebrating this rich tradition, The Bard in the Borderlands: An Anthology of Shakespeare Appropriations en La Frontera brings a wide range of Borderlands Shakespeare plays together for the first time in a multi-volume open-access scholarly edition.

This anthology celebrates the dynamic, multilingual reworking of canon and place that defines Borderlands Shakespeare, and it situates these geographically and temporally diverse plays within the robust study of Shakespeare’s global afterlives. The editors offer a critical framework for understanding the artistic and political traditions that shape these plays and the place of Shakespeare within the multilayered colonial histories of the region. Borderlands Shakespeare plays, they contend, do not simply reproduce Shakespeare in new contexts but rather use his work in innovative ways to negotiate colonial power and to envision socially just futures.

Word Count: 105607

ISBN: 9780866988407

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Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
Performing Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
ACMRS Press
Date Added:
03/31/2023
The Beatles
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This class surveys the music of the Beatles, from the band’s early years to the break-up of the group, mapping how the Beatle’s musical style changed from skiffle and rock to studio-based experimentation. Cultural influences that helped to shape them, as well as the group’s influence worldwide, will be a continuous theme.

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Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Film and Music Production
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Neff, Teresa
Date Added:
09/01/2017
The Beat of Brazil: Brazilian Society Through Its Music
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This course will present students with an overview of Brazilian popular music, from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Considered an advanced course, it aims to build vocabulary competence and improve oral communication through the study and discussion of topics about cultural aspects and current issues in Brazil. It is designed to give students extensive experience in Portuguese and emphasizes skill development and refinement in the area of critical reading and writing in Portuguese.

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Arts and Humanities
History
Languages
Performing Arts
Social Science
World Cultures
World History
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Dominique, Nilma
Date Added:
09/01/2016
Beethoven to Mahler
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This course surveys Romantic musical genres including song, choral music, opera, piano sonata, character cycle, concerto, symphony, and symphonic poem, including the composers Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler. Written essays and oral presentations are based on live performances as well as listening and reading assignments.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Neff, Teresa
Date Added:
02/01/2014
Beginning Costume Design and Construction
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This is an intermediate workshop designed for students who have a basic understanding of the principles of theatrical design and who want a more intensive study of costume design and the psychology of clothing. Students develop designs that emerge through a process of character analysis, based on the script and directorial concept. Period research, design, and rendering skills are fostered through practical exercises. Instruction in basic costume construction, including drafting and draping, provide tools for students to produce final projects.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Held, Leslie
Date Added:
09/01/2008
A Book for Band: Flute
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Welcome to the band here at NDSCS! We are going to have a lot of fun, making music, and getting better and better each time we meet. Whether this is the first time you’ve ever played in a band, or you’ve been playing for years; whether you were your high school’s top chair player or you struggled to get through a B♭ concert scale, there is a place for you here.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
North Dakota State College of Science
Author:
Adam Hollingsworth
Date Added:
08/18/2020
Chinese Popular Musics in Dialogue
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This course provides an introduction to the major popular music cultures of the Chinese-speaking world. We will consider a wide variety of genres, from Shanghainese shidaiqu to Cantopop to Taiwanese rap, with the goal of listening beyond the notion of a monolithic "Chinese popular music" to something more dynamic, multivocal, and translocal. We will ask: What, if anything, is so "Chinese" about Chinese popular music? How does popular music participate in the formation of identities for artists and audiences in these areas? How does it enable the articulation of diverging social and political values while also facilitating meaningful connections among disparate communities? We will approach these questions through a diverse array of source materials, including sound recordings, music videos, films, and online multimedia.

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Anthropology
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Social Science
World Cultures
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Schweig, Meredith
Date Added:
02/01/2014
Composing for Jazz Orchestra
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This class explores composition and arrangement for the large jazz ensemble from 1920s foundations to current postmodern practice. Consideration given to a variety of styles and to the interaction of improvisation and composition. Study of works by Basie, Ellington, Evans, Gillespie, Golson, Mingus, Morris, Nelson, Williams, and others. Open rehearsals, workshops, and performances of student compositions by the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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Full Course
Provider:
MIT
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Harvey, Mark
Date Added:
09/01/2008
Composing with Computers I (Electronic Music Composition)
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This class explores sound and what can be done with it. Sources are recorded from students' surroundings - sampled and electronically generated (both analog and digital). Assignments include composing with the sampled sounds, feedback, and noise, using digital signal processing (DSP), convolution, algorithms, and simple mixing. The class focuses on sonic and compositional aspects rather than technology, math, or acoustics, though these are examined in varying detail. Students complete weekly composition and listening assignments; material for the latter is drawn from sound art, experimental electronica, conventional and non-conventional classical electronic works, popular music, and previous students' compositions.

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Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Graphic Arts
Graphic Design
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Whincop, Peter
Date Added:
02/01/2008
Comprehensive Musicianship, A Practical Resource
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This OER presents an integrated suite of learning resources developed for the core music theory and musicianship curriculum at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music. It provides a more comprehensive symbiosis of musicianship and music theory learning than can be found in existing textbooks, including engaging and progressive video demonstrations and interactive listening and vocal exercises that integrate musical knowledge with foundational musical skills. This OER affords the flexibility to shape core musicianship and music theory learning to meet the needs of changing School of Music demographics well into the future, a resource for innovative and inviting music programs accessible to all.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Iowa State University
Author:
Daniel Swilley
Heather Peyton
Jonathan Schwabe
Randall Harlow
Date Added:
04/04/2023
The Craft of Costume Design
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This class provides an overview of some of the techniques used in creating costume pieces that are crafted rather than sewn. We will use a variety of materials and techniques to create specific costume pieces while at the same time exploring alternative applications possible for each material/technique.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Held, Leslie
Date Added:
09/01/2009
Cultural Performances of Asia
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This course examines cultural performances of Asia, including both traditional and contemporary forms, in a variety of genres. Students will explore the communicative power of performances with attention to the ways performers, media, cultural settings, and audiences interact. The representation of cultural difference is considered and how it is altered through processes of globalization. Performances are viewed live when possible, but the course also relies on video, audio, and online materials as necessary. There are no prerequisites for this course and it is taught in English.

Subject:
Anthropology
Arts and Humanities
Graphic Arts
Performing Arts
Social Science
World Cultures
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Condry, Ian
Date Added:
09/01/2005