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Choreographic Process into Performance 3 (DNCE20014)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDNCE20014
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Choreographic Process into Performance 3 comprises of three areas, Choreography and Improvisation, Duo and Performance. Choreography and Improvisation will extend choreographic and improvisational experience. Use of improvisation as a choreographic tool to source original and personal movement vocabulary for choreographic manipulation is a focus in this subject. The interconnectedness between theme, form and movement material in choreographic work are studied, as are methods for developing thematic ideas. Other art forms are used to analyse structure and as sources of thematic inspiration. Exploration of skills for working collaboratively and creatively will result in students choreographing and performing together in groups. Students will reflect on their own skills development and critically analyse their own and others’ creative and choreographic work verbally and in writing.

Extending on the duo skills introduced in prerequisite subjects students will further develop and consolidate partnering skills, in Duo classes to facilitate versatility in both choreographic and performance contexts.

In Performance students will experience the creative development of a choreographic work with a guest choreographer. Students will further develop their skills and understanding of a dancer’s responsibilities by being actively involved in the creative process as required by the choreographer and by practice of the discipline and cooperation required during the rehearsal period. This may include constructive participation in task-based activities to derive new movement material, improvisations, research and explorations of creative ideas that may challenge assumptions or expectations regarding the nature of dance as an art form. The culmination of Performance is the presentation of the new work in a season that also includes third year student works.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will enable students to:-

  • Apply the craft of choreography, through the devising and manipulating of movement in time and space, to the making of artistic statements in dance
  • Confidently use improvisation as a choreographic tool
  • Recognise the materials and structural elements in art works and reflect on how these work together to create the ‘whole’
  • Effectively use their understanding of structure and form, including its central role in shaping the integrity and impact of a choreographic work, by creating effective relationships between all the parts of a dance work when choreographing
  • Develop thematic ideas and use them as sources of inspiration and stimuli for movement invention and structuring
  • Apply knowledge and experience of the process of working collaboratively when choreographing and in other collaborative creative tasks
  • Challenge self and adopt imaginative and innovative approaches to the creation and performance of dance statements and finished works
  • Exercise aesthetic judgement and critical appraisal of own work and the work of others verbally and in writing
  • Engage safely in Contemporary Dance partnering with strength, confidence and trust due to understanding the physical principles inherent in the taking, sharing and giving of weight and the capacity to establish rapport with a partner
  • Be active and participate constructively in the choreographic process of a professional choreographer
  • Demonstrate consolidated and appropriate rehearsal skills, technical and performance skills and an understanding of embodied performance
  • Perform the choreographic work of a professional choreographer

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have acquired the following skills:-


  • The capacity for working collaboratively and as a member of a team
  • The ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate information
  • The capacity to think critically
  • The ability to recognise and work within aesthetic domains
  • The ability to create and organise aesthetic material
  • The ability to exercise imaginative and transformative processes
  • The capacity to solve problems
  • The ability to apply theory to practice in the creation of artistic work
  • The facility to perform
  • The capacity for kinaesthetic awareness
  • The ability to coordinate safely taking, sharing and giving weight into duo dance form
  • The capacity to communicate in physical, oral and written forms.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE10019 Choreographic Process into Performance 2
Semester 2
DNCE10022 Dance Technique 2
Semester 2
DNCE10021 Dance Lineages 1
Semester 2


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE20013 Dance Technique 3
Semester 1
DNCE20017 Dance Lineages 2
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Completion of Year 1 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) ensures all students have appropriate background knowledge.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

All assessment tasks must be completed to pass the subject.

The two areas - 1) Choreography and Improvisation and 2) Performance must both be passed to successfully complete the subject.

Additionally, the 10% for written work must be passed to successfully complete the subject.

80% Attendance Hurdle must be met to pass subject.


Participation and Contribution to Coursework (15%)

Written Assignment 1) (5%)

Written Assignment 2) (5%)

Major Choreographic Task – Collaborative (15%)


The progress of skill development and participation and contribution to coursework throughout the subject.


Contribution, participation and progress during creative development and rehearsal period (20%)

Performance Assessment (25%)

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorAnna Smith
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours9 hours per week
    Total time commitment140 hours
    Teaching period18 February 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date 1 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

2 x 1.5 = 3 hours Choreography and Improvisation 1 x hour Duo 2 x 2.5 = 5 hours Performance Total time commitment: 140 Hours.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Blom L.A. & Chaplin L.T. (1982) The Intimate Act of Choreography

    Cheney G. (1989) Basic Concepts in Modern Dance, A Creative Approach

    Forsythe, W. (2003) Improvisational technologies: a tool for the analytical dance eye.

    H’Doubler M.N. (1998) Dance, A Creative Art Experience

    McFee G. (1992) Understanding Dance

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 26 July 2019