These studio courses explore interdisciplinary approaches to performance, including puppetry and fashion, through a unique and contemporary language of object, gesture, and story.

ADE 435 Hybrid Contemporary Performance

ADE 435 PUPPETRY AND PERFORMING OBJECTS: BALLET OF THE HAND (UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL)
ADE 635 PUPPETRY AND PERFORMING OBJECTS: BALLET OF THE HAND

This studio course examines the role of puppetry as an educational tool, a major form in the history of art, and a unique and contemporary language of object, gesture, and story. The course considers puppetry’s unique blending of media such as painting, sculpture, costume, set, and sound design and emphasizes puppetry’s innovative combinations of multi-media and narrative effects. Student projects are based on a specific style/s of puppetry-- found/performing objects, shadow figures, and rod puppets. Students apply the techniques related to each style as they expand upon their ideas about the traditional languages and materials of art.

ADE 436 PUPPETRY AND PERFORMING OBJECTS: HYBRID CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE (UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL)
ADE 636 PUPPETRY AND PERFORMING OBJECTS: HYBRID CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE

This studio course explores interdisciplinary approaches to performance and their application to contemporary puppetry. Using the unique and contemporary language of object, gesture, and story, the course explores the ways in which puppetry and performing objects can serve as elements of hybrid contemporary performance art. This exploration considers the integration of costume, set and sound design into the performance projects.  Students work alone and in teams as they design, write, direct and perform a final project based on any form or a combination of the following forms of puppetry: string puppets, hand puppets, body puppets and masks, large-scale outdoor parade puppets, and miniature paper/toy theater. 

ADE 635 Puppetry and Performing Objects: Ballet of the Hand

ADE 435 Puppetry and Performing Objects: Ballet of the Hand (Undergraduate Level)

This studio course examines the role of puppetry as an educational tool, a major form in the history of art, and a unique and contemporary language of object, gesture, and story. The course considers puppetry’s unique blending of media such as painting, sculpture, costume, set, and sound design and emphasizes puppetry’s innovative combinations of multi-media and narrative effects. Student projects are based on a specific style/s of puppetry-- found/performing objects, shadow figures, and rod puppets. Students apply the techniques related to each style as they expand upon their ideas about the traditional languages and materials of art.

ADE 417/617: Performance of Fashion

ADE 417 Performance of Fashion (Undergraduate Level)

ADE 617 PERFORMANCE OF FASHION

This course investigates the close connection between the contemporary worlds of fashion and performance art and includes presentations on historical interdisciplinary artists, in-class exercises, object-making in a studio context and the creation of several short performances. By looking at the work and lives of artists such as Marina Abramovic, Nick Cave, E.V. Day, Lady Gaga, K8 Hardy, Yayoi Kusama,  Bowery Leigh, Alexander Mc-Queen, Vanessa Beecroft,  Rei Kawakubo, James Lee Byars,  Yinka Shonibare, RuPaul, and Leonardo de Vinci, among others, students will under-stand the deep similarities between personal style and performance art. In fashion design, the body is much more than an instrument or a means; it is our expression in the world, the visible form of our intentions. This course explores an expanded definition of fashion to include the body’s presentation in the public sphere.