Course code:



A - Advanced

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


Typically offered:


This is an advanced level movement for performance course in which students build upon the skills and practices introduced in Movement Training Basics and/or Movement Training II. The study will focus primarily (but not exclusively) on the training methods and practices of two contemporary theatre collectives: Double Edge Theatre and SITI Company. Assigned research, readings and video will be sourced from the following practitioners (among others): Stacy Klein, Anne Bogart, Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, Tadashi Suzuki, Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski, Eugenio Barba. By establishing a daily practice, students will continue investigating their physical potential and deepening their understanding of movement theory and language. Full group work will happen three to four mornings a week with varying intensity, building strength, mental and physical stamina and flexibility. Students will also be expected to work alone and in small groups on off days. The process will involve the drafting of a variety short pieces based on prompts as well as working with members of the Double Edge Theatre on their outdoor spectacle production of The Odyssey to be performed on the grounds of the COA campus during their residency in May. All students enrolled will perform in and/or assist in building that show along side DE company members and their interns. Students will also act as primary production assistants and long distance liaisons to the company and should be prepared for weekend travel to the DE Farm in Ashfield, MA at various times throughout the term. During the residency week itself, students will host the company, take part in rehearsals, trainings, street parade, receptions etc. This work will provide exceedingly practical experience in a particular form of collective artistic process and the demands of a professional touring production schedule. Evaluation is based on class participation, engagement with all introduced topics, concepts and assignments as well as complete professionalism and commitment to the success of the Double Edge project. Default grading option is Credit/No Credit.


Successful completion of Movement Training Basics I or II and/or significant movement training or dance experience. Permission of instructor, interview required. 

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