Monash University Handbooks 2008

DTH4003 - Performance investigation

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Will Peterson


Clayton Second semester 2008 (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.


Students who complete this unit successfully should be able:

  1. To make a new performance work which draws on contemporary ideas and practices.

  1. To critique the making of this work in the light of contemporary performance theory.

  1. To participate in class investigations and help facilitate discoveries in methodologies of performance making.

  1. To make presentations on the processes of creating performance.

  1. To articulate in oral and written form the specific elements and objectives of an original piece of performance making.


Workshop classes and presentations (2000 word equivalent): 25%
Performance project, supported by journal (2500 word equivalent each): 50%
Performance critiques (2000 words): 25%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 3 hour workshop) per week



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