Module Identifier SG10320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Richard D Downing  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Ms Jill Greenhalgh, Professor Mike Pearson, Mr Michael J Brookes, Mr Simon J Banham  
Pre-Requisite Registration for Joint Honours in Scenographic Studies  
Co-Requisite DR10120 , DR10220 Incompatibilities: DR10320, PF10320  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 1 hour  
  Practical   10 x 2 hours + 15 hours of 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, collaborative group design/installation project.50%
Semester Assessment Working notebook / reflective journal, semester 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 scenographic 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 scenographic methodologies and to apply and test these within a presentation/performance environment
? To provide students with the experience of undertaking a 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, principles of spatial and visual awareness, and the generation and organisation of Scenographic and performative material, and. In Semester 2, the students are given the opportunity to engage and develop modes of practice explored, through participation in the creation and presentation of a tutor-led collaborative design/installation 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 Scenographic Studies ( except for joint honours with Performance Studies who may choose to follow either SG10320 or PF10320).

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
Kaye, Nick (1996) Art into Theatre Harwood Academic Publishers
Blair, Lindsay (1999) Vision of Spiritual Order Reaktion Books
Berger, John (1973) Ways of Seeing BBC/Penguin
Huxley, Michael and Witts, Noel (eds) (1996) The Twentieth Century Performance Reader London: Routledge
Goldberg, Roselee (1999) Performance Art London: Thames and Hudson
Barba, Eugenio (1995) The Paper Canoe Routledge
Richards, Thomas (1995) At Work With Grotowski on Physical Actions Routledge


This module is at CQFW Level 4