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Topics Courses: Fall 2021

Students are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their registration. Additional information about a specific course (pre-requisites, co-requisites, restrictions etc.) can be found in the university calendar or through myucalgary. Courses with insufficient enrolment may be cancelled at the school’s discretion.

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Advanced Studies, Contemporary Dance 

Advanced Topics in Theater Practice 

This Advanced Topics seminar will focus on playwriting by women from the 1990s to the present, identifying key concerns and theatrical/dramaturgical strategies that distinguish their work, as well as critical perspectives that illuminate their plays.

This course explores the life and music of Mozart. It will examine the man behind the legends and introduce students to a representative selection of his music, which will be examined in both its original 18th- and current 21st-century performance contexts. This course is designed for a non-music undergraduate student.

This course is intended for the third- or fourth-year B. Mus. student and will examine the role of nationalism in European music from approximately 1800 to 1918. Emphasis will be placed upon a listening knowledge of a representative sample of the music of this historical period. The classes will discuss the major composers and ideas involved in the development of romantic nationalism and will include the analysis of selected musical works. These works will be discussed against the backdrop of relevent issues in social and political history.

This course is intended for the third- or fourth-year B. Mus. student and will examine the role of nationalism in European music from approximately 1800 to 1918. Emphasis will be placed upon a listening knowledge of a representative sample of the music of this historical period. The classes will discuss the major composers and ideas involved in the development of romantic nationalism and will include the analysis of selected musical works. These works will be discussed against the backdrop of relevant issues in social and political history. A detailed syllabus of weekly lectures, readings, and listening assignments will be provided. One term paper is required; details will be provided in class.

Topics Courses: Winter 2022

Students are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of their registration. Additional information about a specific course (pre-requisites, co-requisites, restrictions etc.) can be found in the university calendar or through myucalgary. Courses with insufficient enrolment may be cancelled at the school’s discretion.

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The objectives of this course are to familiarize the student with some traditional/authentic dances of West Africa. The dances are mostly from the traditions of Guinea, Senegal, Mali and The Gambia. Other countries of the African Diaspora will investigate to provide context and deeper understanding. be visited in terms of embodied practices as well as choreographic and compositional elements in ensemble dance creations. Rich contemporary Afro-centric music will accompany class as well as live drummers. The goal is to embody the dances that reflect some of the contemporary party dances as well as folkloric traditions and stage presentations of West African culture. Some of these dances have a long history some are more contemporary expressions found in nightclubs or are presented on any number of global stages by national companies of the African continent. Exploration of the creative process will range from call and response, improvisation, to creation. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of an Africanist aesthetic and how cultural dance can function as an important manifestation of the human spirit. Issue related to EDI as well as appropriation, nationhood and will be unpacked. Class begins with warm-up exercises that condition the body for the rigors of this form by developing muscle strength, aerobic stamina, coordination, flexibility, and rhythmic awareness. Second part of class is devoted to learning authentic stories, dances and songs from West Africa, as well as their historical and cultural contexts. Students will explore the history and culture of Africa through video viewing, readings, and the completion of a written assignment. A brief introduction to drumming will be incorporated. Music appreciation will be an important component/aspect of the activities

Further Study in Contemporary Dance 

Advanced study of the practice and use of technology in the theatre. 

The emergence of modernism in theatre, drama, and performance both reflected and contributed to the transformation of gender roles and the emergence of modern sexual identities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This “advanced topics” seminar will investigate the intersection of gender, sexuality, modernism, and performance.

Special Prob Costume Res & Design 

This course will introduce students to a variety of topics within the field of music technology as they relate to teaching and learning in education. Topics may include but are not limited to contemporary music production, remixing, podcasting, music for other media, electronic instrument design, technologically-mediated performance practices, and programming.

This course will introduce students to a variety of topics within the field of music technology as they relate to teaching and learning in education. Topics may include but are not limited to contemporary music production, remixing, podcasting, music for other media, electronic instrument design, technologically-mediated performance practices, and programming.

A multimedia survey course exploring the genre of popular music known as Progressive Rock. The course will include an examination of Progressive Rock’s early history from its psychedelic beginnings, through its heyday in the 1970s, and its legacy in the 1980s and beyond. Discussions will center on a survey of some of Progressive Rock’s most well-known icons and will include detailed analyses and in depth discussions of their works. All lectures will be presented online in video format.

Through selected readings, analysis, seminar presentations and discussions, students will investigate polyphony, with a special emphasis upon selected compositions from the late 20th and early 21st century. Beginning with a review of fundamental voice leading and polyphonic concepts (independence, multiplicity, polychronicity, imitation), their scientific foundations and the intellectual controversies they have generated, the course will proceed to an investigation of the means through which contemporary composers have generated new approaches to polyphony, creating new intellectual challenges for musicians and listeners.

This course is intended for the third and fourth year undergraduate students (and graduate students). The course will consist of the study of chamber music from about 1760 to about 1900, and will be presented through an analytical and historical perspective and divided into three sub-units of study, each of which will conclude with a short test (listening and other questions). The course will be organized around in-class presentations on different chamber works for the time period under study. Following presentations in-class on selected works from the listening list, the presentations will be written up as short analytical term papers. The course will be include selected readings and a listening list. A detailed syllabus of weekly lectures, readings, and listening assignments will be provided.

Through selected readings, analysis, seminar presentations and discussions, students will investigate polyphony, with a special emphasis upon selected compositions from the late 20th and early 21st century. Beginning with a review of fundamental voice leading and polyphonic concepts (independence, multiplicity, polychronicity, imitation), their scientific foundations and the intellectual controversies they have generated, the course will proceed to an investigation of the means through which contemporary composers have generated new approaches to polyphony, creating new intellectual challenges for musicians and listeners.

This course is intended for the third and fourth year undergraduate students (and graduate students).  The course will consist of the study of chamber music from about 1760 to about 1900, and will be presented through an analytical and historical perspective and divided into three sub-units of study, each of which will conclude with a short test (listening and other questions). The course will be organized around in-class presentations on different chamber works for the time period under study. Following presentations in-class on selected works from the listening list, the presentations will be written up as short analytical term papers. The course will be include selected readings and a listening list. A detailed syllabus of weekly lectures, readings, and listening assignments will be provided.

Topics in Inter-Arts Collaboration 

Did you know World Stage Design is coming to SCPA in August 2022.?!?! The exhibition, conference, and festival is held every four years on a different continent – UCalgary is the next host!

 

This course will focus primarily on the themes pf World Stage Design 2022, The course will investigate topics around ecology, economics, and community building in performance conceptualization and creation from a global perspective. We will also discuss the other topics of WSD: Indigenous storytelling, VR, MMR, conventional theatre, site-specific performance, and operatic traditions. Students will participate in the planning of a large scale event/conference.

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