Undergraduate Programs

CoLAB: Innovations in Performance Practice

Course Code: TAPS 1715 CRN: 60069

CoLAB is focused on incubating creativity and research at the interface of performing arts, critical scholarship, fine art and design practice. This intensive interdisciplinary course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in the arts as a laboratory for the development of new/devised performance. This type of performance is intermedial in that it combines work done by human bodies within virtual environments and interactive technologies, investigating the idea of the human in relation to material and immaterial phenomena. It also breaks down barriers between theater/performance and public/private space by interrogating the context of performance.

In 1920's Paris, and in the Greenwich Village of the 1950's, disparate creative individuals seeking to challenge conventions and generate new work gathered in cafes and taverns. Artists living and working in these dynamic communities questioned the creative practices of their time, and organic collaborations gave birth to radically new forms of music, art, literature and performance.

CoLAB is a summer institute designed to create the conditions in which innovative performance and research practices can incubate from within an interdisciplinary field of artistic exploration. With the support and mentorship of resident performance artists, visual and performing arts faculty, along with visiting artists and scholars, we invite students to investigate, expand upon, and create new models and approaches to live arts practice in an intensively collaborative program. As such, CoLAB will function as a practice based ‘think-tank’ for the development of heretofore, unseen forms of expression in performance.

Students enrolled in this three-week program will be immersed in an experience that is carefully crafted to offer them specific training in movement and staging, alongside classes that provide the necessary context to contemporary performance theory and practice. In addition this unique program will emphasize process with guided workshops to enable participant driven devised performance works, and through mentored collaborative studio sessions. At key moments, the public will also be invited to participate in the development of participants’ creative process through open studio showings of works in progress and critical feedback sessions.

Enrollment in this course requires an application and the supplemental materials listed below. In addition to Brown University, RISD and undergraduates from other institutions, CoLab welcomes applications from those who are not enrolled in academic programs but who have an interest in the content of the course. No prior experience in performance is required.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, but for best consideration, all materials should be submitted prior to May 15. Space is limited to 16.

To apply: please complete an application and submit, as attachments to an email sent to summer-session@brown.edu, the following:

  1. Letter of interest (why the program appeals to you and how you see it benefiting your current practice)
  2. At least one of the following:
    a) two writing samples, each no more than 1,500 word;
    b) five images as jpgs, each no larger than 3mbs;
    c) one video: 2mins max; or
    d) one audio: 2mins max.


Students will be notified of admissions decisions via email.

When: 3 weeks. July 11, 2016 - July 31, 2016
M-F 9:00am-10:00pm Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm

Instructor(s):
K. Moore
A. South