|Research and New Performance WritingCore||12.5|
Research and New Performance Writing
This seminar subject is designed to enrich writers' understanding of investigation and research in the context of extended writing projects. Students will engage with a range of contemporary Australian and international trends in writing for performance, focusing on practices of investigation and reflection, with a view to structural and formal innovation. Guest writers from a diverse range of contemporary contexts and communities in Australia will discuss their processes and approaches to the creation of new forms. The subject also focuses on different forms of inquiry, arts practice as research, and research into the arts, discussion and presentation of research by current practitioners...
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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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|Writing for Performance 1 (Solo)Core||12.5|
Writing for Performance 1 (Solo)
In this practice-based subject the student writer undertakes a range of writing classes and exercises with the aim of developing techniques for the generation and structuring of original material for live performance; in working to a brief in diverse professional circumstances; and in evolving an individual creative vision. Students engage in frequent and fast writing practice using different forms of writing (e.g. narrative driven plot, montage, reaction, dream-writing, comedic, verbatim, poetic metaphor, adaption) and starting from different kinds of stimuli (theme, event, idea, visual image, live observation, character descriptions, imagination, existing play). The length of written pi...
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|Writing for Performance 2 (Collab)Core||12.5|
Writing for Performance 2 (Collab)
In this practice-based subject the student writer undertakes a range of writing classes and exercises with the aim of developing techniques for the generation and structuring of original material for live performance within a collaborative context; in working to a brief in diverse professional circumstances; and in developing the skills necessary to negotiate a collaborative creative vision. Students engage in a range of collaborative writing exercises including working with performers on a small group devised project, team writing, improvisation, writing with/for communities, and collaborative adaptations of existing dramatic texts. The subject focuses on the relationship between form an...
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|Writing for Performance 3 (Portfolio)Core||37.5|
Writing for Performance 3 (Portfolio)
In this subject students work to develop both solo and group work seeded in semester one. A portfolio of writing projects is created, including one major, full-length work and one minor, shorter work, in different forms. Students have the option to write in different forms (plays, postdramatic texts, performance scenarios of various kinds, collaborative projects and so on). At various stages during the semester writers will work with student directors and actors to workshop and read the developing works, with feedback from a range of staff. Readings and workshops will culminate in a season of public ‘performance-readings’ of full-length and/or shorter works at either VCA and/or profession...
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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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