1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
1 x 1-hour film screening weekly
1 Admission into BCADN-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
2 9 units of topics
3 4.5 units of second level DRAM topics
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or (3))
Enrolment not permitted
DRAM3508 has been successfully completed
Topic description

What are live arts? How do they differ from other art forms? Where is there innovation in performance today? And why has liveness become so significant? This topic considers the recent evolution of innovative performance and live arts. It explores the work of selected artists and companies in an international field, with detailed examples drawn largely from American performance art. Features of liveness will be identified, discussed, and applied to the broader context of contemporary performance.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Increase students' knowledge and appreciation of the recent evolution of innovative live arts and performance
  • Enable students to explore selected performance works drawn from an international field and to discover connections with recent developments and current practice in Australia and beyond
  • Provide opportunities for students to recognise, articulate and evaluate the live aesthetics and embodied ethics within contemporary performance
  • 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. Describe the significance of selected performance works and their contribution to the evolution of innovative live arts
  2. Apply appropriate aesthetic criteria in analysing a relevant performance work and evaluate its intervention within a cultural context
  3. Participate constructively and reflexively in discussion of the embodied experience of performance and its reception
  4. Identify opportunities for engaging aesthetic criteria and ethical considerations in students' own practice as artists, critics, teachers, and informed spectators