BA Music and Drama / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Performance Practices 2

Unit code DRAM10102
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Drama
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

 

Performance Practices 2 is a practically driven unit which builds on skills and competencies developed in Performance Practices 1 in order to equip students to create performances and analyse contemporary performance practices and theories. It is seen as a companion course to Theatre and performance 2 (Concepts) in which students encounter a range of theories grounded in contemporary theatre and performance studies and Performance Practices 2 provides a route by which students will encounter these ideas in a more experiential way.

 

Pre/co-requisites

Available on which programme(s)? All Drama programmes at Level 1
Available as Free Choice (UG) or to other programmes (PG)?

No

Pre-requisite units None
Co-requisite units  None

 

Aims

 

  • To engage students with a selection of theoretical concepts of performance studies and apply them to a range of contemporary performance practices. 
  • To encourage students to critically examine and reflect on their own and other people's practice using appropriate theoretical frameworks from the fields of theatre/performance studies
  • To develop students' capacity to research a selected area and present their findings as a group in appropriate presentational and performance form/s.
  • To equip students with appropriate research skills to structure future research projects.

 

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key issues and writings in performance studies
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of examples of contemporary practice in relation to the concepts of postmodern theatre and performance including postdramatic theatre, ritual, devising and live art and other contemporary theatre and performance practices.
  • show experience of applying theoretical concepts to the practical exploration of a text;
  • show experience of undertaking research and presenting their findings within a given time and with a skillful choice and use of theatrical and/or performative resources or other appropriate audio visual aids;
  • demonstrate developed sense of the skills and expertise needed to work together effectively and efficiently as a team.
  • demonstrate an enhanced performance skills base which takes account of the specific skills needed for contemporary performance.

 

Syllabus

Week 1            Drama/theatre/performance in action.

Week 2:           Performance, Place and Space

Week 3:           From the dramatic to the postdramatic

Week 4:           The real and the performed: flashmobs

Week 5:           Actor or performer? Who are you when you are performing?

Week 6:            Practice 1: work with visiting practitioners

Week 7:           Practice 2: work with visiting practitioners

Week 8:           Practice 3: work with visiting practitioners

Week 9:           Practice 4: work with visiting practitioners    

·         tutor-led presentations and discussion exercises;

·         tutor-led practical workshops and professional master classes.

·         Blackboard will be used extensively to help students to track their way through the course

·         Feedback on –

Formative oral feedback on group presentation in preparation stages
Group feedback on formative written work
Summative written feedback on essay
additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment)

 

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

 

·         Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key issues and writings in contemporary performance studies

 

·         Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of examples of contemporary practice in relation to the concepts of postmodern theatre and performance including postdramatic theatre, ritual, devising and live art and other contemporary theatre and performance practices.

Intellectual skills

  •          Apply theoretical concepts to the practical exploration of a text while understanding that texts themselves can be more than written documents traditionally associated with theatre practice
  • Understand contemporary preoccupations with space and audience as well as ideas about performance and the every day.

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

 

·         Demonstrate a developed sense of the skills and expertise needed to work together effectively and efficiently as a team.

·         Demonstrate an enhanced performance skills base which takes account of the specific skills needed for contemporary performance.

 

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

By the end of this course students will be able to:

 

·         Work effectively as a member of a team under pressure of time and deadlines

·         Perform with confidence and precision for an audience

·         Create original material for performance

 

 

Employability skills

Group/team working
Students will gain skills in negotiation and group work through practical work and be able to work under pressure in group work setting
Oral communication
They will learn the important of time keeping and reliability as well as advanced communication skills all of which will equip them for a fast-paced working environment.
Other
They will gain experience in flexibility through working with a number of visiting practitioners who will expect them to work to a high standard.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 40%
Oral assessment/presentation 60%

Feedback methods

 

·         Oral feedback on group presentation

·         Written feedback on essay and formative assessment

·         Additional one-to-one and group feedback

 

Recommended reading

Allain, Paul and Jen Harvie, 2005, The Routledge Companion to theatre and performance, London: Routledge

Auslander, Philip, (2008) Theory for Performance Studies. A student's guide, London: Routledge

Bell, John, (ed) Puppets, Masks and Performing Objects, Cambridge and London, The MIT Press

Counsell, Colin and Laurie Wolf, 2001, Performance Analysis. An Introductory Course book, London: Routledge.

Davis, Tracy C., 2008, A Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies, Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press 

Fortier, Mark, 1997, Theory/theatre, London: Routledge

Goldberg, R. , 2001, Performance Art. From Futurism to the present, London: Thames and Hudson

Govan, Emma, Helen Nicholson and Katie Normington, 2007, Making a performance. Devising histories and contemporary practice, London: Routledge 

Heddon, Deirdre and Jane Milling, 2006, Devising Performance, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Marranca, Bonnie and Gautam Dasgupta (eds), 1999, Conversations on Art and Performance, Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press

Pickering, Kenneth, 2005, Key Concepts in Drama and Performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Tufnell, Miranda and Chris Crickmay, 1990, Body Space Image, London: Virago

Tufnell, Miranda and Chris Crickmay, 2003, A Widening Field. Journeys in body and imagination, London: Dance Books Ltd.

Turner, Cathy and Synne K. Behrndt, 2008, Dramaturgy and Performance, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

 

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 66
Independent study hours
Independent study 134

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andrew Smith Unit coordinator

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