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The arts at the Odyssey Institute
for Advanced and International Studies

Scholars attending the OI campuses choose courses in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics and the arts. The courses we offer in the arts encourage our scholars to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. For scholars who have a passion for the arts, we offer the highest caliber of activities to enrich their analytical skills, develop confidence, express creativity and allow them to challenge their own creative boundaries while learning from each other’s strengths.

 

Theatre

From the early days of ancient Greece theatre, spectators flocked to hear and see the visions offered to them by the dramatic performers of tragedy, comedy and satyr. We have watched theatre change throughout time, and we have learned from Aristotle,  Shakespeare, and Calderon de la Barca, how theatre can provoke discussion and be at the center of social thought.

Theatre is offered as part of the IB programme, promoting international-mindedness. Theatre offers scholars the opportunity to take risks, discovery through experimentation, and how to present ideas to others. Scholars gain life skills through this multifaceted course by building self-confidence, creativity and learning how to work collaboratively with other scholars as well as individually. Scholars are given the opportunity to engage in the creative process, transforming their ideas into their actions as they fill all aspects of theatre from creator to director to performer.

Theatre is an art form which allows scholars to research, create, prepare and reflect all while gaining a better understanding of themselves, their community and the world they live in.

Dance

Dance has been part of our culture since 3300BC. as depicted in tomb murals of Egyptians dancing at ceremonies, celebrations and rituals. Through the ages, dance has evolved to include ballet, ballroom, contemporary dance, street dance and hip hop.

Dance is offered as part of the IB programme, encouraging scholars to develop their creative and critical abilities to enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of dance as am expressive movement. Scholars compose, perform and while studying the different dance forms and styles from a range of cultures and traditions.

Visual Arts

As societies and cultures change, so do the arts, reflective of everyday life. Prehistoric days contributed cave drawings and petroglyphs, while Greek art specialized in architecture and sculpture. From the Women of Willendorf to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, we have critiqued and appreciated  the work produced by artists throughout the eras as the theories and practices changed with the Renaissance, Neoclassicism, Post-Impressionism and contemporary art periods.

Visual arts is offered as part of the IB programme, encouraging scholars to develop an appreciation for the expressive and aesthetic diverse world around them by exploring the visual arts within and across a variety of local, regional, national, international and intercultural contexts. It is a thought-provoking course in which scholars develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, scholars are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media.

Music

Music is attributed to the whole range of human emotion, strongly expressing ideas and feelings. While musical instruments are relatively new compared to prehistoric hunting and gathering tools, music in itself has evolved from the Egyptian harps and Pythagoras’s development of the octave scale to the Beatles and Contemporary music.

Music is offered as part of the IB Programme, where scholars are encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities and to enhance their application and enjoyment of music. Scholars are exposed to the form, style and function of music.

2016 – 2017 Scheduled Performances

The 2016 – 2017 performances will be posted here shortly.