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Creative and Performing Arts

The Student Research Symposium welcomes creative and performing art sessions.

We are looking for a glimpse of the creative process; how a creative work is built, and what kind of research goes into that process. Awards will be given to the student or student group that most successfully integrates performance, research and creative process into their presentation. Students can participate in the categories of Visual Arts, Music (composition), Music (performance), Dance, Theater, Musical Theater and Film.

Click on this link: Oral Presentations for information on setting up a PowerPoint file for the SRS.

Visual Arts

  • All visual artists will exhibit their work at the Aztec Student Union. Exact location will be emailed later.

  • Students must be available for a 90 minute slot to answer questions about their artwork and the process(es) they used to create their work. This could include techniques with different media or research into various artistic influences as well as other subjects.

  • Presenters will have a 8 foot by 4 foot freestanding display panel to show their artwork and any supporting materials (sketches, photos, etc.). Floor space of 8 feet by 4 feet will be available for 3-dimensional artworks.

Music Presentations (composition)

  • Music presentations are limited to 15 minutes. The performance aspect of this time is limited to 5 minutes, with the remaining minutes allotted for a description of the process of composition. This description should include research that could include compositional techniques, influence from other composers, the use of tech of technology, or other process related subjects.

  • Performances can be live, or a CD player will be available for playback.

  • Students must include a full score.

Music Presentations (performance)

  • Music presentations are limited to 15 minutes. The performance aspect of this time is limited to 5 minutes, with the remaining minutes allotted for a description of the process of rehearsal. This description should include research that could include rehearsal techniques, research into the composer and/or history, performance practices or other process related subjects.

  • Performances must be live.

danceDance Presentations

  • Participants can use original or existing choreography (up to three dancers).

  • Dance presentations are limited to 15 minutes. The performance aspect of this time is limited to 5 minutes, with the remaining minutes allotted for a description of the process of rehearsal. This description should include research that could include rehearsal techniques, research into the original choreographer and/or history, influences from choreographers, synthesis of music and dance or other process related subjects.

  • A piano will be available, as well as a CD player for playback.

Theatre Presentations

  • Participants may present monologues or scenes (up to three actors).

  • Theatre presentations are limited to 15 minutes. The performance aspect of this time is limited to 5 minutes, with the remaining minutes allotted for a description of the process of rehearsal. This description should include research that could include rehearsal techniques, research into the original production and/or history, influences from directors, or other process related subjects.

Musical Theatre Presentations

  • Participants may present solos or small scenes (up to three actors).

  • Musical Theatre presentations are limited to 15 minutes. The performance aspect of this time is limited to 5 minutes, with the remaining minutes allotted for a description of the process of rehearsal. This description should include research that could include rehearsal techniques, research into the original production and/or history, influences from directors, or other process related subjects.

  • A piano will be available, as well as a CD player for playback.

Film Presentations

  • Film presentations are limited to 15 minutes. Participants may present an original short film or a portion of a longer work limited to 5 minutes with the remaining minutes allotted for a description of the process of film making. This description should include research that could include film techniques, cinematography, sound design, set design, lighting design, integration of musical score, influence from directors, or other process related subjects.

  • A laptop will be available for DVD playback as well as a full screen.

  • The author would like to acknowledge the parameters for research in the creative and performing arts given by the National Conference on Undergraduate Research as a guideline to best practices for our Student Research Symposium.


For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact:


Robert Meffe

Director of Music

MFA Musical Theatre Program

San Diego State University

rmeffe@mail.sdsu.edu

 

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