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.

Scenes from London

SMU-in-London: Arts at Tower Bridge. Photo credit: Becca/SMU Adventures

SMU-in-London: Arts at Tower Bridge. Photo credit: Becca/SMU Adventures

Emily, a junior majoring in dance; Parker, a junior majoring in theater; and Emily, a junior majoring in dance and chemistry; at Tower Bridge. Photo credit: Emily R/SMU Adventures

Emily, a junior majoring in dance; Parker, a junior majoring in theater; and Emily, a junior majoring in dance and chemistry; at Tower Bridge. Photo credit: Emily R/SMU Adventures

Bailee (BS Sports Management ’15) and Melissa (BS English ’15) at St. James' Palace.

Bailee (BS Sports Management ’15) and Melissa (BS English ’15) at St. James’ Palace. Photo credit: Bailee/SMU Adventures

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Trip to Oxford

Photo collage by Kinga, a sophomore President's Scholar majoring in biochemistry.

Photos by Kinga, a sophomore President’s Scholar majoring in biochemistry.

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Our busy first week in London

StPauls

Near St. Paul’s (from left) Parker (BFA Theater ’16), Stephanie (BFA Theater ’15), Dylan (BFA Theater ’15), Jenna (BFA Theater ’15) and Ryan (BFA Theater ’15). Photo credit: Stephanie/SMU Adventures

An update from Professor Berg:

The SMU-in-London Arts program had a heroically hectic first week in London! We attended a performance of Shakespeare’s magnificent King Lear at the Royal National Theatre; ate scones, dainty sandwiches and currant cake at a traditional English high tea; walked the length of the East End’s historic Brick Lane; sampled spicy curries from Bangladesh; and spent an eventful day on a panoramic bus tour of the city. Somehow, we also managed to take a few photos at some of London’s most iconic landmarks – St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

The adventure continues!

Emily (left) (BFA Dance '16) and Rene' (BFA Dance '17) after the evening service at Westminster Abbey. Photo credit: Emily/SMU Adventures

Emily (left) (BFA Dance ’16) and Rene’ (BFA Dance ’17) after the evening service at Westminster Abbey. Photo credit: Emily/SMU Adventures

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