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Writing from Performance (THTR70011)

Graduate coursework level 7Points: 12.5On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 7
Subject codeTHTR70011
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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, metaphor and meditation. Writing exercises in this subject will respond to the performance work of others (both inside the VCA as well as professional work including work presented at the Melbourne International Festival).

Intended learning outcomes

On completing this subject, students will be able to:
• demonstrate the capacity to respond in writing to performance critically, imaginatively and rigorously in a variety of written forms;
• demonstrate an innovative approach to writing after/from performance;
• demonstrate an advanced understanding of existing dramatic, non-dramatic and emerging performance forms, and their cultural contexts;
• effectively document and respond to the creative process;
• demonstrate a high standard of articulation in written expression;
• demonstrate skills in the gathering and organisation of research materials.

Generic skills

On completing this subject the student will be able to:
• demonstrate the capacity to evaluate and synthesise data and other information;
• demonstrate an ability to access data and other information from a range of sources;
• demonstrate an advanced ability to discourse on artistic practice in the context of wider aesthetic, social and historical domains;
• demonstrate an ability to apply relevant research processes to specific cultural practice;
• demonstrate the ability to communicate in oral and written form;
• demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking.

Last updated: 20 August 2019