Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Performance 1: Laboratory

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION This practical study-unit provides students with tools to develop and manage performance material within a dramaturgical context. In the first part of the study-unit, students will practice specialised techniques in actor training as well as learn basic techniques of constructing individual performance scores within a personal dramaturgy.

In the second part, the individual performance scores will be brought together in groups of two or more by way of montage techniques and shared dramaturgies. Throughout the process, students will be directed to reflect critically on their practice, verbally and in writing.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-units aims to:
- Enable students to engage with specialised performer training techniques;
- Equip students with the tools to develop and manage performance material within individual and collective dramaturgical contexts;
- Present students with advanced thinking skills about different ways of constructing dramaturgies;
- Gain specialist knowledge in the theoretical context of dramaturgy;
- Make dynamic links between theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Develop a practical understanding of the psychophysical skills required by the physical performer (including how performance energy, focus, engagement, concentration, and projection can be enhanced through training);
- Learn and develop a variety of training and devising approaches;
- Apply and develop learnt techniques in etudes and their rehearsals;
- Understand the wider ethical and cultural dimensions of such practical work.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Undertake autonomous and independent working practices, exercising initiative and personal responsibility;
- Work in groups on a creative or practical project;
- Reflect and develop creative and personal skills through writing and practical work;
- Identify health and safety and ethical issues in body-based work and undertake risk assessments of their own practice.

Main Text/s:

- E. Barba, On Directing and Dramaturgy - Burning the House (London: Routledge, 2010)
- E. Barba and N. Savarese, A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer, second edition (London: Routledge, 2006)
- A. Hodge ed., Actor Training, second edition (London: Routledge, 2010)
- D. Heddon and J. Milling, Devising Performance: A Critical History (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

Supplementary readings:

- M. Evans, Movement Training and the Modern Actor (London: Routledge, 2009)
- S. Murray and J. Keefe, eds. Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction (London: Routledge, 2007)
- P. Zarrilli, Psychophysical Acting: An Intercultural Approach after Stanislavski (London: Routledge, 2008).

Note: Students will also be conducting their own readings in their research on individual and shared dramaturgies. These readings will feature in their presentation/essay.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Venue - Valletta Campus Theatre (Ex-MITP)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practicum

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 50%
Presentation SEM1 No 50%

LECTURER/S Nicole Bugeja

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