Choreographic Process into Performance 1

Subject DNCE10016 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 90 Hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 Hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Choreographic Process into Performance 1 introduces students to choreographic elements and principles, performance skills and artistry that will be central to their development as a dance artist.

An investigation of the elements of contemporary choreography: Body, Space, and Time aims to develop each student's ability to confidently create and manipulate choreographic materials. Creative compositional processes, improvisation tasks and scores, skills development in the duo form and studio-based study of Australian contemporary repertoire provides an integrated approach to the development of a personal movement vocabulary and style and ultimately for developing original choreography.

Practical workshops in partnering draw on both contemporary dance and classical ballet to provide develop students’ fundamental skills in partnering and an understanding of the duet form.

As an introduction to practice-based research students will encounter the work of significant Australian choreographers through the study and reproduction of extracts of seminal works.

Further context for the extracts studied here will also be examined in the complementary Dance Lineages subject.

During the three-year course students will work with a range of leading and emerging choreographers in the creation and performance of new dance works and existing repertoire.


This subject will enable students to:
• use the elements of movement, and choreographic form and content with creativity and imagination;
• confidently generate and manipulate choreographic materials;
• achieve a grounding in the fundamental skills of the Duo form drawing on content from both contemporary dance and classical ballet genres;
• use improvisation as a method to explore personal movement vocabulary, and as a choreographic tool;
• create and perform a solo study;
• lay the foundation for an embodied history of Australian Contemporary Choreography through study of significant Australian contemporary repertoire.


1. Choreographic Processes (55% of total mark for subject)
Participation and contribution to coursework (including minor practical assessment mid-semester) 40%
Major Assessment Solo task 40%;
Journal equivalent to 2000 words 20%.

2. Improvisation (15% of total mark for subject)
Participation and contribution to coursework 100%

3. Duo (15% of total mark for subject)
Participation and contribution to coursework 100%

4. Repertory Studies (15% of total mark for subject)
Participation and contribution to course work 60%
Group presentation of repertoire extract 40%

Hurdle requirements:
Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Building dances: a guide to putting dances together - S. McGreevy-Nichols, H. Scheff, M.Sprague (2005)
The Intimate Act of Choreography – Lynne Anne Blum & L. Tarin Chaplin (1982)
Choreography: a basic approach to using improvisation - Sandra C. Minton (2007)

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completing this subject students will be able to:
• create and organise aesthetic material
• exercise imaginative and transformative processes
• solve problems
• apply theory to practice in the creation of artistic work
• think critically and work collaboratively;
• recognise and work within aesthetic domains.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

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