Module Identifier PF10320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Ms Jill Greenhalgh  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Mike Pearson, Mr Michael J Brookes, Mr Richard D Downing, Mr Simon J Banham  
Pre-Requisite Registration for Joint Honours in Performance Studies  
Co-Requisite DR10120 , DR10220 Incompatibiities: DR10320, SG10320  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 1 hour  
  Practical   10 x 2 hours + 15 hours supervised project work  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Assessed participation and individual contribution to semester I practical work. 30%
Semester Assessment Creation and presentation of a tutor led, semester 2, group devised performance project. 50%
Semester Assessment Working notebook / reflective journal, semesters 1 and 2 For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at 20%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Recognise and employ a range of performance methodologies within specified presentation practices

Demonstrate awareness and experience of these methodologies within the process of a practical investigation

Employ and develop collaborative skills and awareness within the processes of group practice

Reflect critically upon the process and outcome of a practical investigation

Students should be able to recognise a range of performance and scenographic methodologies, but will not be assessed on these methodologies.


The aims of the proposed module are:

? To introduce a range of performance methodologies and to apply and test these within a presentation/performance environment
? To provide students with the experience of undertaking a process of practical investigation
? To encourage students to take responsibility for collaboration and group work within the context of workshops and presentation
? To enable students to analyse their own experience of the practical processes investigated

Brief description

The module consists of a introductory lecture series, theatre visits and practical classes in Semester 1. Lectures will focus upon an initial introduction to the broad spectrum of alternative and international theatre, performance and scenographic practice. Practical classes will introduce physical training methods, performance exercises, the generation of devised material and principles of presence. In Semester 2, the students are given the opportunity to engage in and develop modes of practice explored, through participation in the devising and presentation of a tutor led collaborative group performance project. Project work will be presented before an audience of peers, and critically reflected upon through the individual working notebook. Students will maintain their group allocations across the duration of the module, and semester 2 project work will build directly upon principles and methodologies introduced within their semester 1 practical. This module is compulsory for student registered for Performance Studies ( except for joint honours with Scenographic Studies who may choose to follow either PF10320 or SG10320).

Lecture sessions may include:

1. Introduction
2. `What is this thing Performance??
3. `A few analytical tools.?
4. `Out East.?
5. `Once upon a time in Europe.?
6. `In America.?
7. `Post-Dramatic.?
8. `Space.?
9. `Time.?
10. `Body.?

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Barba, Eugenio (1991) A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology - The Secret Arts of the Performer Routledge/CPR
Schechner, Richard (2002) Performance Studies - an introduction Routledge
Mirzoeff, Nicholas (1999) An introduction to visual culture Routledge
** Recommended Background
Huxley, Michael and Witts, Noel (eds) (1996) The Twentieth Century Performance Reader Routledge
Barba, Eugenio (1995) The Paper Canoe Routledge
Oida, Yoshi with Lorna Marshall (1997) The Invisible Actor Methuen
Richards, Thomas (1995) At Work with Grotowski on Physical Actions Routledge
Chaikin, Joseph (1972) The Presence of the Actor Atheneum
Zarrilli, Phillip (1995) Acting (Re)Considered Routledge


This module is at CQFW Level 4