Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
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Connections 20009. Performing into Theory

The creative process and the theoretical enterprise are intertwined; artistic creation and rational reflection influence one another reciprocally. This connection engages students in the rich possibilities of a collaboration between the performing arts and philosophy.

Students will critically and creatively explore the boundaries between theory and practice, reason and imagination, mind and body. We want both to embolden and humble the theoretical stance by challenging it to critically evaluate pathbreaking or genre-blurring creative performance. Simultaneously, we will discover the way in which ideas in their intellectual and historical context affect artistic expression. In so doing, we hope to extend theory’s “self-understanding” and demystify the creative process.

Connections:
ENG 287 Writing for Performance
or CW 287 Writing for Performance
and PHIL 236 Aesthetics