Performance Theory 2A

Subject DNCE70004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Southbank - 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: 1.5 hours per week
Total Time Commitment: 1.5 hours per week
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Extensive background in dance and choreography essential
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirments for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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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.


The subject aims to:

  • Develop candidates’ choreographic skills and understanding;
  • Develop understanding and use of theoretical frameworks to evaluate and critique dance performance;
  • Develop capacity to evaluate, discriminate and make informed choices as part of choreographic practice within aesthetic domains;
  • Develop abilities to collaborate in local, national and international contexts;
  • Promote the exploration of dance as a communicative mode;
  • Explore the potentials of diverse media in choreographic production.

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.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Choreography

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