Law and Performing Arts

Law and Performing Arts

Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen, Mr. Damian Woetzel
Fall 2017 course
W 3:00pm - 5:00pm in WCC Room 1023
1 classroom credit


Exam Type: No Exam

What is the relation between performance and law? This course, co-taught by Jeannie Suk Gersen and Damian Woetzel, Director of the Vail Dance Festival and former Principal Dancer of the New York City Ballet, explores how law shapes performance and is in turn structured by performance. The course can be divided into three interrelated subjects. First is the question, what is performance? What is the relation between text and performance? What about between performance and ordinary life? How do the concept, phenomenon, and theory of performance play out in art, life, and law? Second is the law of performance, that is, how the law treats performance as a subject. What is the role of government in shaping artistic performance? How may lawyers have careers that draw them into engagement with the performing arts? Third is law as performance. How are law, legal texts, and legal practice forms of performance? How is performance central to the work lawyers do, or to how the public experiences law? How does legal performance relate to performance in art and in life?

The course will meet on six Wednesdays between mid September and early November. We will have guests from the performing arts world. Evaluation is based on class participation and written work.

Note: This course will meet on the following dates: 9/13, 9/20, 10/11, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15.

Drop Deadline: September 14, 2017 by 11:59 pm EST

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment