Contemporary Performance Practices (DRAM136)

StaffDr Konstantinos Thomaidis - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level7
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Introduce you to a range of international contemporary performance practices
  • Develop specific practical skills in performance, devising and techniques
  • Give you the opportunity to explore these practices through your own work
  • Enhance your employability through knowledge of new performance skills, and IT skills of editing and producing a digital portfolio of work

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Gain knowledge of a range of international contemporary performance and applied performance practices
  • 2. Synthesise practices learnt into a piece of performance or performed workshop

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Demonstrate ability to learn new forms of performance and apply this to performance-making
  • 4. Demonstrate enhanced knowledge of forms of performance and/or performance facilitation

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Enhanced knowledge of forms of performance and/or applied performance facilitation
  • 6. Enhanced technical skills through the development of a digital portfolio

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to a range of performance practices through staff-led workshops, and self-directed sessions
  • Rehearsal for final performance/performed workshop
  • Presentation of final performance/performed workshop

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching66Skills-building sessions, practical workshops, lectures and seminars
Guided Independent Study234Independent study: rehearsal, preparation for taught sessions, reading and research for written work and presentations

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Draft of performance/performed workshop10 minutes1-3,5Oral
Draft of portfolio1500 words or equivalent4,6Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Process into performance60Continuous including performance involving approx. 15 mins per group member1-3,5Written and oral
Written, digital or video portfolio403000 words of equivalent4,6Written and oral

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Process into performanceProcess into performance (individual)1-3,5Referral/Deferral period
Written or digital portfolio 3000 words or equivalent4,6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit a further literature review. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will count for 100% of the final mark and will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Bishop, C. (2006) ‘The Social Turn: Collaboration and Its Discontents’, Artforum 44.6 (February 2006): 178-183.
  • Bogart, A. and Landau, T. (200 ) The Viewpoints Book (London: Nick Hern)
  • Graham, S. and Hogget, S. (2009) The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre (London: Routledge)
  • Grotowski, J. (1975) Towards a Poor Theatre (London: Methuen)
  • Fraleigh, S. and Nakamura, T. (2006) Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo (London: Routledge)
  • Hawkes, T. (2004) Shakespeare in the Present (London: Routledge)
  • Posner, Dassia, Claudia Orenstein and John Bell (2014) Puppetry and Material Performance (London and New York: Routledge)
  • Challenges for Practice (Bristol: Intellect)
  • Schutzman, Cohen, C.  (2006) A Boal Companion: Dialogues on theatre and cultural politics (London: Routledge)
  • Stone, J.W. (2010) Crossing gender in Shakespeare (London: Routledge)
  • Tufnell, M. and Crickmay, C. (1993) Body, Space, Image (London: Dance Books)
  • Worth, L. and Poynor, H. (2004) Anna Halprin, (London: Routledge)

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Cultural adaptations available on Exeter Digital Archives
  • DVD of documents and video-excerpts of AHRC British Asian theatre project

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Key words search

Contemporary performance practice, theatre research, performer training, body, voice