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DTH5003 - Performance Investigation

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Peter Snow


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will investigate performance practice in two modules: one relating to the preparation of performance and one concerning both performance itself and the critique of performance. Students will be expected to initiate and carry out their own performance project, to discover appropriate background material, and to sustain a discussion with the class on issues arising from the development of their project. After the presentation of the performances, students will prepare a written or oral critique of their project. At fifth-year level students are expected to demonstrate a deeper knowledge and integration of the material.


  1. To make a new performance work which draws on contemporary ideas and practices.
  2. To critique the making of this work in the light of contemporary performance theory. 3. To participate in class investigations and help facilitate discoveries in methodologies of performance making.
  3. To make presentations on the processes of creating performance.
  4. To articulate in oral and written form the specific elements and objectives of an original piece of performance making.
  5. At the fifth-year level students will be expected to transparently embed a critical approach or theory in the performance project.


Workshop classes and presentations (2,000 words): 25%:
Performance project, with journal support (5,000 words): 50%;
Performance critiques (2,000 words) 25%

Contact hours

3 hours a week


DTH 4000