Upcoming Spring Residency

The UW–Madison Division of the Arts welcomes Litza Bixler as the Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence. Bixler is a choreographer, filmmaker, movement director, artist, and writer. During the residency, she will encourage students to focus on their creative and collaboration skills.

Creativity, Collaboration and the Creation of Self” is a 3-credit course (Integrated Arts 310/610) that will be presented in two parts. The first part examines creativity in context. The second part explores creative collaboration and will culminate in a public (or virtual) exhibition of films and images entitled Boundaries, Borders & Belonging.

There is also a 1-credit option (Integrated Arts 330) that is focused on creativity and the self.

All L&S students must register for Comm Arts 609, Lec 002 rather than Integrated Arts 310/610. This course counts towards the Communication Arts major and the Digital Cinema Production certificate as long as students register for Comm Arts 609, Lec 002.

Depending on the status of COVID-19, the work will be live, virtual, or both. It will be created by Bixler and students enrolled in the course, and will feature stories collected from students, faculty, and members of the public.

The Spring 2021 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Dance Department with Professor Li Chiao-Ping as lead faculty. The Art Department and Department of Communication Arts are also co-sponsors of the residency.

Litza BixlerLitza Bixler headshot is a choreographer, filmmaker, movement director, visual artist, and writer who has produced work on stage, screen, galleries, and mountains. Bixler works across the spheres of art, performance, and film, and has been a working artist and educator since 1995.

In addition to creating movement and action for some of the most iconic scenes in film including Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The World’s End, Bixler has collaborated on a movie musical, a musical series for Disney, and a salsa dance comedy. She has also worked with a variety of award-winning performers such as: Hugh Jackman, Colin Firth, Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost, David Beckham, Bill Nighy, Jude Law, and Sam Rockwell.

She has created live-pieces, screenplays, and paintings and worked on numerous award-winning advertisements. She has also produced live-art and physical theater pieces with her company Litza Bixler Performance. Bixler is a dual national and often explores liminal spaces, thresholds, and metaphorical journeys in her work.

Creativity, Collaboration and the Creation of Self

Course: Integrated Arts 310/610 (3 credits)*
There is also a 1-credit option (Integrated Arts 330) available (listed further below).
Day/Time: Thursday | 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Friday | 2:30-5:00 p.m. (both days will be synchronous)
Limit: 16 students across any discipline
Location: Remote with the possibility for in-person at Lathrop Hall in the second half of the semester
Other Info: The emphasis of the course is on creativity as a whole. No prior movement, performance, media, or visual art training is required. Dance Department degree and certificate students can take this course for the Dance 345 requirement. Students majoring or pursuing a certificate in the Art Department or Department of Communication Arts may contact their advisor to discuss how this class can count toward program requirements.

*All L&S students must register for Comm Arts 609, Lec 002 rather than Integrated Arts 310/610. This course counts towards the Communication Arts major and the Digital Cinema Production certificate as long as students register for Comm Arts 609, Lec 002.

Download the course flyer (PDF).

Non UW-Madison students will need to apply in advance for special (non-degree) student access at: acsss.wisc.edu/special-student-types/

Description: This course focuses on the development of creativity and collaboration as base skills that can be applied to a wide variety of fields. The aim is to help students grow as creators and thinkers, and to practice communicating their ideas in an intensely collaborative environment.

The first part of the course will focus on examining creativity in context. The second part is devoted to exploring creative collaboration and culminates in a live and/or virtual public exhibit of films, sound, and images. Both parts will draw on theory and practice through lecture and discussion, creative labs, and workshops, as well as research and participation in the creative process.

The final collaborative piece examines the movement of people across borders and boundaries. Students will explore diaspora, geography, and immigration as essential and positive sources of identity and ask what it means to be “from” a particular place or country. Students will explore how we move: literally, metaphorically, and culturally, and examine the subtext of the question, “where are you from?”

The course will introduce guest artists and speakers from diverse disciplines. Guest artists include Sean de Sparengo, Simon Aeppli, and Paul Machliss. It is ideal for students who are interested in developing and enhancing their creativity. It is also for those who wish to push the boundaries of their field by generating innovative and game changing ideas. Students should be prepared to work with their bodies, with physical media, and with a variety of plastic art forms, sound, and technologies to produce their creative products.

Creativity and the Creation of Self: Practice & Process  

Course: Integrated Arts 330 (1 credit)
Day/Time: Thursday | 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Friday | 2:30-5:00 p.m. (both days will be synchronous)
Limit: 16 students across any discipline
Location: Remote only with main portion of class ending March 12 with the final individual creative project presented remotely April 22/23
Other Info: The emphasis of the course is on creativity as a whole. No prior movement, performance, media, or visual art training is required.

Description: The 1-credit option explores how creativity intertwines with sociocultural development, technological, and scientific innovation. Students will engage with a broad range of literature from psychology (narrative, cognitive, and behavioral), anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, education, neuroscience, and the arts.

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