1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
1 x 2-hour film screening weekly
1 4.5 units of second level DRAM topics
2 4.5 units of second level CREA topics
3 4.5 units of second level DANC topics
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2) or (3))
Enrolment not permitted
DRAM3507 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Participation
Topic description
At the heart of much contemporary performance practice is a heightened awareness and willingness to play with the fluid, shifting, and interconnected relationships between time, space, and the body. This topic looks at one or more distinctive strands of contemporary performance that may include dance, transmedia performance, VR and MoCap, Live Art, environmental performance, or other emerging practices. We seek to make sense of one or more of those practices through the application of theoretical approaches that focus on the operation of space and place, time and event, the body in action, kinesthetic empathy, embodiment, performativity, and presence and desire.
Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Increase students' knowledge and appreciation of the recent evolution of contemporary performance practice
  • Provide opportunities for students to recognise, articulate and evaluate the relationship between time, space, and the body in contemporary performance
  • Enable students to identify how the relationships between time, space and the body circulate in contemporary performance practice and to critically evaluate points of commonality and difference between those practices
  • Develop students' ability to think, speak and write about performance in a critically-engaged, aesthetically-informed and ethically responsive manner
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Evaluate the significance of selected performance works and place them within larger frameworks of contemporary performance practice
  2. Appraise relevant performance work using appropriate theoretical and aesthetic criteria
  3. Evaluate how the performance works with respect to the operation of time, space, and the body
  4. Discuss the embodied experience of performance and its reception with others in constructive and reflexive ways
  5. Determine opportunities for engaging with aesthetic criteria using related ethical considerations in students' own practice as artists, critics, teachers, and informed spectators