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This subject is a study of performance in its many modalities around the world. It brings together the areas of theatrical performance in traditional theatre venues, avant-garde and experimental performance in non-traditional spaces, dance both traditional and contemporary, and a range of comparative cultural performances that may include global activism and protest, sporting events, festivals and spectacles. Students will examine the impact of globalisation on performance practice and the effects of digital access to performances from around the world. They will also consider the role of the audience and spectatorship in performance reception and interpretation and develop an understanding of how meaning is negotiated and contested. Examples will be drawn from published texts, audio-visual material, and, where appropriate, live performance events.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- an understanding of the processes and techniques associated with research in the creative arts and the ability to demonstrate an appreciation of cultures and societies outside of Australia;
- the ability to recognize and explain the key modalities of performance studies;
- the ability to compile a bibliography including traditional text and electronic media sources;
- gained effective time management skills in the completion of a self-directed research project;
- the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts; and
- the written skills to develop a critical discussion of performance and present essay work at an advanced level.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- demonstrate sound and independent critical and ethical thinking in their choice of materials and processes;
- be able to present written and oral communication to a professional standard regarding their treatment and material choices;
- be able to engage in critical thinking and analysis by communicating arguments and ideas effectively; and
- develop understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts.
Last updated: 3 October 2023