Contemporary Performance Practices (DRAM136)

30 credits

This module introduces a range of contemporary international performance practices and skills. Its primary focus is on performer training but the principles and techniques taught are foundational to a range of theatre practices (from devising and composition to dramaturgy and applied theatre). It is divided into several blocks, each one exploring a different aspect of technique (for example, body, voice, space, ensemble). We will introduce a series of practical workshops in performance practices, which will include  performer training: for example, Frantic Assembly physical theatre, yoga, Japanese Butoh and Body Weather practices, Viewpoints, Meyerhold’s biomechanics, Grotowski-based exercises, Anna Halprin’s site-specific composition techniques and Augusto Boal’s games. You will develop and apply skills alongside these practical workshops through lectures and seminars, screenings, individual tasks and projects. You will also be invited to develop these practices further and understand them in their historical and social contexts.