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Fall Quarter, 2017

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DRA 005: Understanding Performance: Appreciation of Modern Theatre, Dance, Film and Performance Art (4)

Lecture/discussion—2 hours; discussion—5 hours; tutorial—1 hour. Relevance of theatre and performance to modern culture and society. Approaches to theatre/dance/media/performance art, integrated into Mondavi Centre for the Arts and Theatre and Dance Department programs.

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DRA 010: Introduction to Acting (3)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours; term paper. Fundamentals of movement, speech, theatre games, and improvisation. Selected reading and viewing of theatre productions. Intended for students not specializing in Dramatic Art.

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DRA 014: Introduction to Contemporary Dance (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Introduction to basic issues and methods in contemporary dance. Focus on preparing the student for dancing and dance-making through basic techniques of improvisation and composition. Consideration of dance as a cultural practice.

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DRA 021A: Fundamentals of Acting (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 20. Open to students planning to major in Dramatic Art. Physical and psychological resources of the actor. Experience in individual and group contact and communication, theatre games, advanced improvisation, sound and movement dynamics. Viewing of theatre productions. 

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DRA 026: Performing Arts Production Management (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Theoretical study of performing arts administration and backstage operations from audition through performance. Techniques of scheduling, production management, stage management, technical direction, audience control, box office, promotion, safety, accommodations for persons with disabilities and emergency procedures.

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DRA 040A: Beginning Modern Dance (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 14 or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of modern dance focusing primarily on the development of techniques and creative problem solving. Basic anatomy, dance terminology, and a general overview of modern dance history. May be repeated two times for credit. Non-dance majors can only repeat the course once. Dance majors may apply to the dance faculty adviser for permission to repeat more times. Dance is a repetitive practice that involves constant reiteration and demands this for improvement and better understanding of the somatic and proprioceptive skills.

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DRA 040B: Intermediate Modern Dance (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 40A. Open to students who have completed 14 and 40A, unless there is consent of instructor. Modern dance techniques. Basic anatomy, dance terminology and a general overview of modern dance history. May be repeated once for credit. For Dance majors, further repeats may be negotiated with faculty adviser in dance.

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DRA 042A: Beginning Ballet (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 14 or consent of instructor. Fundamentals of ballet, focusing on the development of technique through proper alignment, quality, and rhythm. Basic anatomy, ballet terminology, and dance history. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

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DRA 042B: Intermediate Ballet (2)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: courses 14 and 42A or consent of instructor. Barre and center work at the intermediate level. Development and refinement of technique through proper alignment, rhythmic, and qualitative understanding. Anatomy, ballet terminology, and dance history. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.

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DRA 056A: History of Theatre and Dance I: Myth, Magic and Madness (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Exploration of aesthetic movements in various disciplines of theatre and dance from the origins to 1550. Examination of Greek, Roman, Sanskrit, Kathakali, Chinese, Japanese, Mesoamerican, Medieval European, and Indigenous theatre and dance including oral, ritual and shamanic performance.

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DRA 122B: Advanced Acting: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 120 and consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Study and performance of classical texts (monologues and dialogues), with a focus on Shakespeare and the Elizabethan world view. May be repeated up to eight units for credit. Since acting requires repetition to habituate the body and imagination to new practices, this course may be taken twice. New monologues and scenes must be undertaken in the repetition. Offered in alternate years.

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DRA 122C: Advanced Acting: Special Topics in Acting (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 120 and/or consent of instructor. Dramatic Arts majors. Restricted to Dramatic Arts majors; limited enrollment. Intensive study and practical exploration of a specialized area (for example, World Theatre, Social Theatre, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, the Ancient Greeks, etc). May be repeated up to eight units for credit.

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DRA 124A: Principles of Theatrical Design: Scenery (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 24 or consent of instructor. Scene design processes, working drawings, sketching techniques, scale models, methods and materials of scenery construction.

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DRA 124D: Principles of Theatrical Design: Costume (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 24 or consent of instructor. Source materials for theatrical costuming, selecting fabrics, elements of design, analysis of plays in terms of costume design, execution of designs for modern and period plays.

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DRA 125: Scenic Painting: Studio (4)

Lecture—2 hours; studio—1 hour; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing in Theatre and Dance, Art Studio, or Design; or course 24 or 28 or consent of instructor. Scene painting techniques, practices and materials including color mixing and matching, wood graining, faux painting techniques, glazing, creating foliage, stone and brick. May be repeated one time with consent of instructor. Offered irregularly.

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DRA 130: Approaches to Theatrical Design: Practice and Theory (4)

Seminar—2 hours; studio—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing in Dramatic Art, Art Studio or Design; any class from course 124 series or consent of instructor. Advanced design study in specific areas including but not limited to: research, design styles and concepts, new materials and techniques, scenery, lighting, costume, makeup, photography, projections, computer technology, spectacle and special effects, and alternative theatre forms and genres. May be repeated three times for credit when topic differs; when instructor differs.

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DRA 135: Voice in Performance (2)

Performance instruction—4 hours. Prerequisite: course 21B or consent of instructor. Progression of exercises to free, develop and strengthen the voice, as a human and then as an actor’s instrument with emphasis on how the voice works, to freeing the channel for sound, to interpersonal communication. May be repeated two times for credit.

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DRA 140B: Dance Composition (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 140A. Continuation of the study of choreography, focusing on the development of group choreography: duets, trios, quartets and group work, form, and accompaniment.

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DRA 141: Introduction to the Fundamentals of Movement (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Introduction to fundamentals of movement that combines intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of the body’s skeletal and muscular systems. Explorations based on theories of various body mind specialists including Laban, Feldenkrais, Bartenieff and Sweigard as well as the eastern discipline of Yoga.

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DRA 144A: Introduction to Traditional Chinese Embodied Culture (4)

Laboratory/discussion—4 hours. Traditional Chinese Wushu practices, explored through practical work in dance laboratory conditions. Integration of practice with conceptual analysis; contemporary social, educational and artistic applications. GE credit: AH or SS, DD, VL, WC.

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DRA 145: Directed Choreography Projects (4)

Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: courses 140A, 140B, 140C or consent of instructor. Conceptualization, creation, casting, rehearsing, and concert presentation of complete dances, with students integrating elements of stagecraft and directing the on-stage rehearsals.

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DRA 150: American Theatre and Drama (4)

Lecture—4 hours. The history of the theatre from Colonial times to the present. Readings of selected plays. Offered in alternate years. 

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DRA 160A: Principles of Playwriting (4-4)

Lecture/seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: two courses in Dramatic Art or related courses in other departments; course 160A prerequisite for 160B or consent of instructor. Analysis of dramatic structure; preparation of scenarios; the composition of plays.

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DRA 180: Theatre Laboratory (1-5)

Prerequisite: upper division standing and course 25, or consent of instructor. Projects in acting, production, scene design, costuming, lighting, directing, and playwriting. Participation in departmental productions. May be repeated for credit.

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DRA 252: Performance: Concepts of Space, Place, and Time (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Innovative theories of creating performance spaces, establishing a sense of place, and communicating the concept of time explored through collaborative interaction. Research includes traditional principles, site-specific spaces and consideration of various tempi from music and movement.

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