Reimagining the Classics
How can we look back to classics that were written one or two millennia ago, and use them as the basis for a new piece of art, which will be relevant and inspiring to a contemporary audience?
This course explores how artists from various media—theater, film, TV, dance, and music—have used classic texts as source material for creating new work. The course also investigates cross-cultural approaches to classic plays, focused specifically on how artists have employed Japanese and Nigerian performative traditions in their re-imagining of Greek classic plays.
Throughout the course, students research well-known adaptations, and also use this course as a springboard to start reimagining a new piece, based on a classic source material of their choice.
Amherst College MA, Fall 2016/7