SMU-in-London: Arts 2014

Students in the SMU-in-London: Arts spend five weeks in the city, becoming 21st-century explorers while taking two courses. Associate Theatre Professor Gretchen Smith in the Meadows School of the Arts teaches London theatre history from the era of Shakespeare to the present. Dance Professor Shelley Berg teaches about London as a metropolis filled with myriad “performance” experiences – cultural, social, historical and political.

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London and beyond

Sophomore dance majors Emily, Emily and Rene at Stonehenge.

Sophomore dance majors Emily, Emily and Rene at Stonehenge.

An update from Professor Berg:

The students in the SMU-in-London Arts program have been busy soaking up the sights, sites, scents, sounds and sun (!) of London – and visiting town and country near and far.

In the city this week, we have attended an intriguing performance of choreographer Akram Khan’s “iTOMi,” his tribute to Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, sampled the foody delights of the marvelous Borough Market (fabulous pictures to come) and viewed the sobering exhibition “The Great War in Portraits” at the National Portrait Gallery. Several avid fans of The Lord of the Rings even tracked Gandalf to his, um, lair – in fact, they REALLY chatted with Sir Ian McKellen at his riverside pub, The Grapes, and joined in a very British pub quiz!

Last weekend, many students ventured out of London, seeing the marvels of Stonehenge, the seaside resort city of Brighton, the elegant spa city of Bath, and braved the Highlands of Scotland. Where will we go and what will we see next week? Stay tuned for more pictures and updates from our students.

Sophomore theatre major Parker with Sir Ian McKellen

Sophomore theatre major Parker with Sir Ian McKellen

Stephanie, a senior majoring in theatre, at the Tower of London. Photo credit: Stephanie/SMU Adventures

Stephanie, a senior majoring in theatre, at the Tower of London. Photo credit: Stephanie/SMU Adventures

Senior theatre major Jenna at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Photo credit: Jenna/SMU Adventures

Senior theatre major Jenna at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Photo credit: Jenna/SMU Adventures

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    1. Patty Harington Delaney says:

      It is a delight to read of your adventures across the pond. I know you are soaking up the sights as well as the
      great educational experience you are having with Shelley and Gretchen. Enjoy!!!—-Patty

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