Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
TP26120
Module Title
Devising
Academic Year
2019/2020
Co-ordinator
Semester
Intended for use in future years
Pre-Requisite
Successful Completion of Part 1

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Critical Portfolio (3 written tasks)  (3 x 1000 words)  50%
Semester Exam 7 Hours   Group Conceptual Project  50%
Supplementary Assessment Critical Portfolio (1 x 3000 words)  50%
Supplementary Exam 7 Hours   Solo Conceptual Project  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • To introduce theories and practices for generating original performance
  • To examine structures of dramaturgy and principles of dramatic and visual composition.
  • To introduce approaches and strategies of writing and choreography for performance.
  • To provide conceptual and practical techniques for the creation of performance events.
  • To encourage students to develop a personal process of practical investigation.

Brief description

This module provides an introduction to theories and principles of devising. It addresses the generation, composition, juxtaposition, dramaturgy, placing and exposition of physical, visual, aural, and textual performative material. Through a series of workshops and accompanying seminars students will be introduced to conceptual approaches to devising theatre and performance as well as developing a critical understanding of compositional procedures. Part of the module will include an introduction to the procedures of 'in all languages' - a precise physical performance vocabulary that will help students develop strategies of personal and group improvisation and composition.

Aims

The aims of the module are:

  • To introduce theories and practices for generating original performance
  • To examine structures of dramaturgy and principles of dramatic and visual composition.
  • To introduce approaches and strategies of writing and choreography for performance
  • To provide conceptual and practical techniques for the creation of performance events.
  • To encourage students to develop a personal process of practical investigation.

Content

Weekly sessions:

1. Physical Vocabularies 1: Solo 1, Duo 1 Group 1

2. Physical Vocabularies 2: Solo 2, Duo 2, Group 2

3. Physical Vocabularies 3: Solo 3, Duo 3, Group 3

4. Generation of Material

5. Composition

6. Physical Vocabularies 4; Mediating Material

7. Ordering, Structuring and Placing of Material

8. Dramaturgy

9. Exposition of material

10. Audience

The module is structured around a series of seminars and exploratory classes introducing theories and principles of devising: addressing the generation, composition, juxtaposition, dramaturgy, placing and exposition of physical, visual, aural, and textual performative material. These will incorporate practical classes combining aspects of physical and performer training, including an introduction to the procedures of 'in all languages' - a precise performance technique which relies upon the acquisition of nine physical languages (three individual, three for two people and three for groups) each comprised of a fixed and limited number of gestures and movements - to introduce strategies of personal and group improvisation, and to examine the performative implications and consequences. Opportunities will be provided - when possible - to engage with the work of current performance artists through Skype conversations. In the final weeks, students will develop a group conceptual project for presentation and assessment.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication The individual student's ability to articulate and communicate their ideas and opinions is developed and encouraged across all aspects of the module, and the assessment forms recognise effective communication across written, verbal and performative material.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management are demanded to maintain engagement with the development of the course and the completion of its concomitant assessed assignments. Assessment procedures recognise effective self-management and self-motivation.
Information Technology Skills of information handling are exercised through the conduct of research, presentation processes, and the collation of materials, within assessed submissions, and weekly writing assignments, and are recognised in the assessment of those submissions.
Personal Development and Career planning The module encourages the initial development of skills directly applicable to careers within cultural (particularly theatre/performance) industries. Further transferable skills (project planning and execution, the development of personal creative initiatives) are also developed through the completion of assessment tasks, though careers need awareness does not of itself constitute an assessed element.
Problem solving Creative problem solving, outcome recognition, and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures, are encouraged and assessed across the duration of the module.
Research skills Appropriate personal research and the development of effective personal and group research practices, are implicitly encouraged throughout the module, and are assessed through their impact on the development and presentation of the assessed submissions.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007). The following subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed: * The generation and ordering of intellectual and dramatic material in contexts outside the play script. * Group collaboration, organisation and presentation. * Textual and choreographic composition. * Developing physical skills and applying them effectively to communicate with an audience engaging in research, whether independent, group or performance-based. * Identifying and interpreting the cultural frameworks which surround performance events: working within a group to make performance.
Team work Practical classes demand the application of skills necessary to conduct successful collaborative activity. The assessed group project relates directly to the development and employment of such skills.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5