PERF 140 Storytelling

What is your story? Story is often the centerpiece of performance and for many contemporary performance artists writing is essential to their practice. Students will begin with a study of selected folklore-based myths, folktales, fairy tales, and legends to learn how different types of stories and the context of their presentation shape peoples' identities and worldviews. A variety of critical examinations of contemporary performance texts and contexts including the personal experience narrative, testimonies, journalism, and other media will be explored. Field trips to contemporary storytelling events will also be included. Students will present a public storytelling event as a culmination of their work in the class.



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