2014 PIIRS Global Seminars
Performing Irishness: Theater and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Ireland
Galway, Ireland, June 16 - July 28, 2014
“Performing Irishness: Theater and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Ireland” will be taught at the National University of Ireland, Galway, from June 16–July 28, 2014. The seminar is led by Jill Dolan, Annan Professor in English and a professor of English and theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts; and Stacy Wolf, professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and director of the Princeton Atelier.
This seminar will explore a variety of Irish theater and performance forms. Galway, a town with a rich tradition of Irish folk culture and performance, is home to the famed Druid Theatre and to the Galway Arts Festival, which is considered among the most vibrant multiperformance events in the world. The seminar’s last two weeks coincide with the festival (July 14–27), at which students will experience a variety of musical, theatrical, spoken-word, dance, spectacle, street art, and installation performances and meet artists from all over the world. In the first four weeks of the course, students will study performance theory; explore the archives of Irish theater companies housed at National University of Ireland, Galway; read drama from the early 20th century to the present; learn about Irish language, music, and dance culture; and participate in performance-based community service. Daily seminars will be supplemented by evenings of regular theater-going, as well as by "performance in everyday life" and critical tourism exercises that will take students to Galway’s pubs, to the beautiful Aran Islands, and to "trad sessions" of Irish music around town. Week three will be capped with a weekend trip to the Cork Midsummer Festival, where students will see performances on stage and on the street, and will meet with Irish artists for an experiential understanding of current practices and debates.