Students will study the histories, theories, and practices of various contemporary performative arts. Various artistic disciplines and concepts of performativity are examined, such as: installation art, performance art, postmodern and contemporary dance, video art, sound art, performance of gender, indigenous land-based performance, and post-dramatic theatre. Students will develop critical thinking about art and performance in order to sharpen analysis and expand their understanding of what contemporary performance might be. Concepts covered are intended to support students in creation exercises in BPAC 403.