Performance Theory 2A

Subject 756-850 (2009)

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Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 1.5 hours per week
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Analysis and discussion of performances in terms of descriptive (psychological and physical), and interpretative perspectives. This work is mostly done through viewing of live performance and reviewing recorded documentation of performances, installations and events. Humanist social science and art theory are explored. Students define performance and experiences that comprise performance, both in its aesthetic dimension and in the dimensions of ritual, public ceremony and ‘life' events. Students apply these analytical tools to their own artistic practices.


Written assignments equivalent to 1,500 words (70%); oral presentation (30%).

Prescribed Texts: Nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have acquired the following:

  • the ability to interpret and analyse choreographic work in the context of professional practice within both a broader cultural field and a body of contemporary ideas;
  • the capacity to evaluate and synthesise data and other information;
  • the ability to communicate in oral and written form;
  • the capacity for critical thinking;
  • the ability to access data and other information from a range of sources.
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Related Course(s): Master of Choreography (Course Work)

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