|Performing Arts Research MethodologiesCore||12.5|
Performing Arts Research Methodologies
This subject aims to develop an understanding of the major critical issues in the field of performance, and a range of methodologies appropriate to the production, documentation and analysis of performance texts, contexts and processes. It introduces and examines the relationship between research and practice within the context of practice led research. It addresses questions of what research methodologies are and, through weekly seminars and exercises, explores a range of these methods and research paradigms, key issues and practical skills relevant to the creative arts. It assists students in identifying and developing research methodologies appropriate to their practice.
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|Dramaturgy, Text and PerformanceCore||12.5|
Dramaturgy, Text and Performance
This subject focuses on high level close reading and analysis of existing plays and scenarios drawn from a range of pre-dramatic, dramatic, postdramatic and other performance contexts, including Greek, Shakespearean, nineteenth and twentieth century realist and anti-realist movements, non-narrative forms, and contemporary developments such as the postdramatic. Drawing on international and Australian examples, the subject will focus on such aspects as dramatic structure, story, plot, dialogue, monologue, character, conflict, dramatic action, facts and imagination, language and subtext, space and time. Theories of dramaturgy from Aristotle through Lessing to Brecht, Lehmann and the ‘new dra...
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|Cross Disciplinary LaboratoryCore||12.5|
Cross Disciplinary Laboratory
This subject focuses upon the potential for interplay and dynamic dialogue between various disciplines and the building blocks of performance creation. Practical/ studio based classes provide interaction with other discipline streams to develop communication and collaborative skills. Familiarisation with multi-disciplinary approaches is fostered with a focus on the exploration of generative processes used in composition and performance creation. Laboratory classes allow students to collaborate and develop creative concepts together with the aim to experiment and familiarize with design methods and materials, and to discover possible solutions through the application of different approache...
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This subject connects students to industry professionals through a series of 10 master classes with leading dramaturgs, literary managers and writers. Each will outline their understanding of dramaturgy, and their approaches to their various roles and tasks as a dramaturg. This will run alongside a series of seminars with focused readings and discussions on contemporary dramaturgical practices. This organizational and theoretical knowledge will be applied to the practice of working with new writing in workshops with Raimondo Cortese, on the development of work by the students in the Masters in Writing for Performance. Through these three strands the subject places the work of the dramatur...
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|Dramaturgy and Live PerformanceCore||12.5|
Dramaturgy and Live Performance
The subject aims to use the practical and theoretical exploration of the concept of performance dramaturgy to develop students’ potential to make theatre and become reflective theatre practitioners, aware of the relationship between theatre and society. This subject introduces students to the concept of dramaturgy as a critical tool in devising live performance. The basis of this process is the translation of a central idea and theme, through research, design, documentation and practical investigation, into a studio-scale devised live performance and to reflect on both process and performance. The students will develop their ability to write a dramaturgical analysis of their own performan...
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|Writing from PerformanceCore||12.5|
Writing from Performance
This subject focuses the student on the task of writing from/after performance. Like all art, live performance is constituted in part by some elements and enigmas that are not easily expressed by means of language. The subject familiarises the student/artist with established conventions and traditions pertinent to writing from/after performance, including the review, the critical review and analysis, exegesis, dissertation, thesis and reflection, while also challenging and stretching those conventions to express and represent new and evolving forms of performance and writing. New forms of ‘after-writing’ might respond to notions of trace, transience, re-assemblage, poetic response, metaph...
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|Independent Dramaturgy ProjectCore||25|
Independent Dramaturgy Project
This subject is the culmination and synthesis of all the other subjects on the course, where knowledge and skills are applied in a project that the student will identify independently. This will take the form of fieldwork; this may be on a project happening at the VCA or in the main stage or independent theatre arena in Melbourne, nationally or internationally. This would entail working as a dramaturg or assistant dramaturg on a project of a large or small scale. This work will be documented, discussed and critically analysed for assessment purposes.
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