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Professional Writing for Performance Assignment #3: Grant Proposal: Project Description

Imagine the first major project of your new theater or dance company and write the project description portion of your grant proposal to secure the funding necessary to create it.  The grant is for young, emerging artists who show a

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Professional Writing for Performance Assignment #2: Program Note & Shorter Program Bio

Choose one of two preselected videos (one theater-based, one dance-based) and write the director/choreographer’s program note which will introduce that work to an audience that is sitting in its seats 10 minutes before the show begins.  You will find that

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Crime and Culture Assignment #1: Critique a Theoretical Text

Paper #1:  Critique a Theoretical Text (5-6pp.) Assignment:  Using Vanessa Schwartz’s case study of the Paris Morgue, critique and refine Michel Foucault’s theory about the role of crime narratives in the reflection, and exercise, of power in modern life. Common

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Writing about Music Assignment #3: Performance Review

Essay 03. Performance Review. 6-8 pp. Attend a live performance and write about it from two different perspectives (detailed below). In essence this assignment is really two separate writing tasks on the same topic; students should submit two papers stapled

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Writing about Music Assignment #2: Inferring musical meaning

Essay 02. Inferring musical meaning. 6-8 pp. Select a scene from an opera, film, novel or television show in which music provides crucial information that is otherwise absent from the narrative. Analyse the specific musical features of the music and

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Writing about Music Assignment #1: Musical description

Essay 01. Musical description. 5-6 pp. Choose a short piece of music (ca. 3 mins) and describe first the piece and then the listening experience in as much detail as possible. Note that the two aspects of this task will

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Writing in Philosophy Assignment #1: Critical Assessment of an Argument

I. Critical Assessment of an Argument I (3 pages) Critically assess the author’s main argument for his or her conclusion. Determine whether the argument is (i) valid, and (ii) sound, and explain your reasoning for each answer. (Alternately: Pick a

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Writing Performance Assignment #2: Theater Review Essay

Essay #2 – a 4-6 page review essay of a theater performance (either seen live at Queens College or on video; if the latter e.g. Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror) Assignment Continuing to practice your skills of description

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Writing Performance Assignment #1: Dance Review Essay

Essay #1 – a 4-6 page review essay of a dance performance viewed on video (eg: Martha Graham’s Night Journey) Assignment Using the principle of “description-as-evidence” as elucidated in the Jowitt article, characterize the experience of watching this performance for

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French Orientalism Assignment #2: Distillation of a Theoretical Critique

Paper #2:  Distillation of a Theoretical Critique (1-2pp.) Assignment 2:  In this short paper assignment, you will write a critical summary of selected pages from Edward Saïd’s Orientalism.  Your task is to locate Saïd’s key claims, explore their implications and

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