Spring 2014 Course Offerings
ATL 494/THR 494
Creating Musical Comedies by Baby Wants Candy
This course, led by critically-acclaimed comedy writer/performer/director Al Samuels and his cutting-edge improvisation group, Baby Wants Candy, will explore and create original comedic musicals. Students will participate in BWC's early-in-process concept as well as work in groups to develop their own original one-act musical comedies, which they will perform at the end of the semester. Students will experiment with musical theatre story structure, song-writing, and the nature of comic performance in fresh and challenging ways. BWC has extensive experience working collaboratively with students in the U.S. and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Application deadline extended through December 4, 2013.
ATL 498/DAN 498
Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey — A Martial Arts Opera
Under the direction of Wu Shu artist Scott Parker and choreographer Rebecca Lazier, students in this course will create a performance of composer Fred Ho's adaptation of the 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West, an action-adventure musical fantasy told through music, martial arts, and dance. This modern take on a classic tale blends Asian and popular American influences: Peking Opera with jazz and funk; and martial arts with acrobatics, and contemporary dance. Students will train in T’ai Chi, Long Fist, Dragon Fist, Bagua, and Wu Shu; and the fight choreography will draw from Rattan Staff Play, Shaolin Boxing, and Qing Na forms. The 35-minute piece will be performed at the Berlind Theater the week of April 14th.
DAN304 / ATL 325 / MUS325 / VIS325
Special Topics in Contemporary Practice - Body, Object, Sound: Translation and the Making of Performance
Join percussionist Jason Treuting, visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra, and choreographer Susan Marshall in creating and performing art works with your classmates. This course examines the art of engaging in playful cross-disciplinary collaboration. What happens when one medium is translated to another, then back again, and then to something else entirely? This hands-on workshop will focus on the process of collaboration and the how of constructing works that involve sound/music, objects and the body. This class is both for seasoned creators/performing artists and for those with less experience who possess an adventurous and curious spirit.
Instructors: Jason Treuting, Susan S. Marshall, Suzanne Bocanegra
For more information please call 609.258.3697.
The Princeton Atelier was endowed in 2009 through the generosity of a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous. The Atelier is additionally supported through The Newhouse Foundation, The Erik C. Blachford '89 Fund, The Schare-Pfaffenroth Endowment Fund, The Jordan Roth '97 Performance Fund and The Peter T. Joseph Foundation.