Performance Project

Subject 760-420 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Eight hours of directed performance preparation per week and extra rehearsal time as negotiated between students and director
Total Time Commitment: 8 contact hours/week , .5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually 25 points of second-year theatre studies.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Peter Alexander Eckersall


Dr Peter Eckersall
Subject Overview: This subject explores the theory/practice interface in the context of a performance project. The project will be research-based and culminate in a public performance followed by a piece of written documentation. There may be one large project/performance or a number of smaller ones. The project/s will be staff directed or supervised and will normally be proposed by the director. Students usually take acting, non-acting (production) and/or dramaturgical roles.
  • apply theoretical knowledge of performance to performance practice through creating and/or performing a whole work;
  • prepare a casebook which documents the project, and analyses and reflects on their own work;
  • understand how a team is assembled and organised for a performance project, and display skills in collaborative theatre creation;
  • contribute ideas and practical input into the translation of theory and ideas into performance practice, and to the theorising of practice;
  • critically evaluate and articulate the way the various dramaturgical elements (scenography, text, the actor etc) interface with each other and with the audience;
  • develop research methodologies appropriate to the dramaturgical model of performance creation;
  • understand and display skills in the performance making process (collecting, adapting, assembling and arranging material for performance).
Assessment: Participation in the preparation, dramaturgy and performance of the project 70% (to be performed in week 12 of semester); production of a casebook which documents the performance process, and analyses aspects of the production 30%, (due one week after the end of semester). Assessment is equivalent to 4000 words for 3rd year, 5000 words for 4th year. Regular attendance and participation in workshops is mandatory. There is a hurdle requirement of a minimum 80% attendance.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader, if required, will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • access a broad range of resource material, including traditional text and electronic material;
  • demonstrate advanced communication skills;
  • work successfully with peers;
  • demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex structural and organisational concepts.
Notes: A quota of 40 students per class applies. This subect is only avalable to students undertaking the Bachelor of Creative Arts.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Teaching
Bachelor of Creative Arts(Honours)
Diploma in Creative Arts
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Arts

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