1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour seminar weekly
1 x 1-hour film screening weekly
1 4.5 units of second level DANC topics
2 4.5 units of second level DRAM topics
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Enrolment not permitted
DRAM2105 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic explores song and dance as integral aspects within specific genres of popular performance, with a focus on the Broadway musical. Emphasis is on the history, genealogy, and development of selected forms, as well as the social, economic, political, and cultural contexts out of which they emerged. Case studies of selected works will provide opportunities to analyse their aesthetic principles and dramaturgical structures and to identify and evaluate the technical and phenomenological elements responsible for their popularity with audiences.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • increase students' knowledge and appreciation of song and dance in popular performance

  • enable students to explore selected performance works drawn from the history of popular performance

  • provide opportunities for students to recognise, articulate and evaluate the dramaturgy and aesthetics of image, action and sound

  • 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 students will be able to:

  • describe the significance of selected performance works and their contribution to developments in popular performance

  • apply appropriate dramaturgical aesthetic criteria in analysing song and dance in performance and evaluate their relation to cultural contexts

  • participate constructively and reflexively in discussion of the embodied experience of performance and its reception

  • identify opportunities for engaging popular dramaturgies and aesthetic criteria in students' own practice as artists, critics, teachers, and informed spectators