Students study a variety of ‘methods’ of creation with Berlin-based artists and, under their guidance, make original theater work. Students also explore the historical and contemporary richness of Berlin’s theatrical culture with faculty from Bard College Berlin.
The work in the studio will be organized around a series of distinct themes:
2: Text and Composition
3: Body and Movement/Choreography
4: Sound and Image
The program provides 33 hours a week of instruction, master classes/workshops, and lectures (132 hours over the 4 weeks of the program). There are also guided rehearsals, showings, and feedback time each week. The students attend theater and other performances 2 or 3 times each week as well as other cultural offerings such as museum visits, art gallery visits, and architectural and historical walking tours of the city.
Students become familiar with the theoretical writing of lecturers (Hans-Thies Lehmann’s Postdramatic Theater), writings on the work of faculty members (Rimini Protokoll, Gob Squad, Robyn Orlin etc.), as well as the work of directors whose work we will see (Frank Castorf, Rene Pollesch, Thomas Ostermaier etc.).
LAB is for students who specifically choose to study abroad in Berlin because they wish to:
-Experience a historic and living world stage for Literature, Philosophy, Public Policy, Social Thought, Urban planning, Art, Theater, and Film;
-Get socially or politically involved within a structured engagement program that complements their academics;
-Seek meaningful cross disciplinary connections and multiple points of view.
This distinctive program offers intellectually curious students an unparalleled academic experience: the chance to study with Palestinian students at a college dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual inquiry, the promotion of critical thinking, and the open exchange of ideas and opinions.
The Al-Quds Bard College for Liberal Arts and Sciences, located in Abu Dis, a neighborhood of East Jerusalem, is at the vanguard of liberal education in Palestine. As a result, it is a dynamic and intriguing location to spend a semester abroad.
Participants in the Al-Quds Bard Study Abroad Program will:
--Attend academically challenging classes taught in a seminar style, including courses analyzing a range of discourses surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;
--Build meaningful connections with Palestinian students, both inside and outside the classroom;
--Sharpen Arabic language skills, acquiring the vocabulary necessary to navigate daily life;
--Undertake an internship, putting into practice theories and ideas from readings and classroom debates; and
--Live in a historical Palestinian city. Participate in cultural excursions to important historical sites like the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum combines the best traditions of the Palestinian and U.S. educational traditions drawing on progressive trends. Faculty are respected scholars, theorists, writers, and artists who balance active research with commitment to excellence in teaching and advising. Seminar-style classes taught in English emphasize writing and critical thinking. Students are required to take an intensive colloquial Arabic course and are encouraged to take a Modern Standard Arabic class.
Participants in the Al-Quds Bard Study Abroad Program also have access to a wide array of academic and cultural events, including: lectures, film screenings, field trips, symposia, workshops, and social events. Students interested in gaining practical experience outside of the classroom can deepen their inquiry through optional internships in their field of study.