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In lieu of working on-site with a community partner, you will write a 4 to 6-page paper addressing ways in which communities (with an emphasis on underrepresented groups) have engaged performance to cope with, protest, respond, and/or just pass the time during the COVID-19 pandemic. These performances need to be available in online public platforms (videos posted by people, news clips, etc.). You need to copy the links to these videos in your paper.
This paper will follow the same kind of 4-part format as the response papers: descriptive, analytical, reflective, and critical (tie-ins with course content) related to two to three community performance examples addressing contrasting themes (i.e. comic personal COVID “shelter in place” video vs. social protests). Special attention should be placed on who is performing, and what is being performed. Follow these prompts (not exhaustive, meant as guidelines):
1. Descriptive Section: What is the community / neighborhood where the performance took place? What is the physical description of the site? The atmosphere? Can you tell the make-up of the intended audience or community that the performance connects with?
2. Analytical Section: What is the performer(s)’s skill level? Were you able to identify any narratives or discourse relating to themes? In your opinion, how successful was the performance in conveying its points to the community? Does the community (or others) respond in any way? How? Can you identify any central challenges and/or obstacles that the performer had to face? Can you identify key components and positive elements?
3. Reflective Section: What impressed / surprised you? Why? What “worked” or engaged you? What aspects of the course work and readings can you relate to the performance? Can you articulate a connection with larger community needs? In which way(s) are the performances relevant to the community? In which ways did they confirm what you already knew…?
4. Critical Section: You must engage other course material: What aspects of the course work, discussions, and readings, including foundational readings and plays, can you relate to these performances?
*All papers should be double-spaced, using a 12-point font and one-inch margins top, side, and bottom.