Inquiry into the concept of "performance" broadly construed--not only as it refers to "staged" concerts or plays, but also as social ritual and as self-presentation, appropriately situated in cultural context. Writing experiments aimed at capturing the ephemeral nature of live performance, with attention to how meaning is enacted through movement, sound, lighting, rhythm, voice, emotion, and audience interaction. Regular writer's workshops and field trips to theater, dance, and musical performances. Students compose critical reviews and a research project on a performance genre, an artist's approach, or other related topic of their choosing. Prerequisite: Writing 101.