Ignatian values and the study and practice of performance

“We cannot ignore or marginalize the arts and remain true to our liberal arts calling or to the Ignatian mission. It is imperative to understand the role of the performing arts today, neither discarding the classics nor forsaking training, rigor, or professional development, but conceiving and helping develop a different, important social role for the artist: that of artist/leader; artist/teacher; artist/communication facilitator; artist/entrepreneur, or artist/innovator (thereby opening up possibilities for productive, rewarding careers in a number of existing and emergent fields).”

-Janna Goodwin and Amie Dowling (2012)

rehearsal-Feb-25-10-001-1In this (2012) article in Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, authors Janna Goodwin and Amie Dowling describe the development and evolution of a 2009 University of San Francisco (USF) course, Performing Arts and Community Exchange  (PACE), and its most visible development: a devised, collaborative, dance  theatre performance, Man.Alive. Stories from the edge of incarceration to the flight of  imagination. PACE, which reflects and richly embodies Ignatian standards,  can be used as a touchstone for appreciating and evaluating similar or  resonant work across disciplines and at other institutions. Furthermore,  contemplation of its pedagogy, methods, and outcomes may lead to a  productive reconsideration of the kind of performing arts curriculum Jesuit  universities should embrace.

Performing Arts and Community Exchange (PACE) and the Fulfillment of the Ignatian Educational  PromiseJesuit Higher Education 1(1): 46-72 (2012)

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