This course will be held in South Africa. It will examine the different theatrical elements present in and approaches to contemporary South African drama. We will discuss various “texts,” including the work of emerging artists Amy Jephta and Neil Coppen, and ask ourselves “What is a performative text?” Alongside these discussions, students will have the opportunity to create their own texts and performances, utilizing the tools of South African drama. Every week we will explore the city and culture of Cape Town and the surrounding area through the viewing of plays—ranging from traditional, mainstream shows at the Fugard Theatre in the historic District Six area to intimate, experimental shows at the Alexander Bar Upstairs. We will continue our exploration and class discussions by venturing outside the classroom to engage with the performative aspects of life in South Africa, whether lunch in a café or a hike through Table Mountain. Other excursions will include the Old Biscuit Mill, Kalk Bay, Cape Point, Robben Island and more.
New York Departure & Return Dates: January 1–25, 2015
Cape Town, South Africa
Professor: Tyler Rivenbark, Joshua.Rivenbark@qc.cuny.edu
Find out more at our information sessions:
Monday, Oct. 6 & Wednesday, Oct. 22
12:15–1:30 pm, Kiely 270