Module Identifier PF30310  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Mike Pearson  
Semester Semester 1  
Co-Requisite PF20110  
Course delivery Practical   20 Hours  
Assessment Essay   3,000 word notebook/essay    
  Practical exercise   Individual (10 minutes) demonstration of practical work    
  Group presentation   Group (10 minutes) demonstration of practical work    

General description

The aim of this module is:
to provide a practical basis for the understanding of performative behaviours and practices which complements the theoretical analysis of performance offered in PF20110 Principles of Performance 1.
to introduce 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 procedures of personal and group improvisation
to examine physical aspects of social and interpersonal behaviour

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of the module, the student will be able:
to demonstrate an informed ability to articulate and mediate physical behaviour and gesture in order to generate performative meaning
to participate effectively in interactive, improvisational procedures
to employ and organise various creative, performative practices in both solo and group contexts, accepting responsibility for determining personal and communal creative production.
to notate and document concisely involvement in, and theoretical understanding of, performative practices


The module comprises a series of practical classes based upon physical expression within which the student is expected to participate fully.

The technique is progressive and allows the student to begin to articulate and mediate their physical work to create complext interactive improvisations. It does not rely upon athletic ability and operates as a means of quantifying, analysing and generating physical performance work, and will be used to achieve both these goals during the course of this module.

Reading Lists
Students will be expected to purchase a specially-produced reader.