Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Theatre and Performance
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Yana Taylor


An introduction to the primary elements of performance practice with a particular focus on the movement of the body in space. Different body disciplines will be studied in the form of structured theatrical investigations utilising body, space and text. Students will be expected to undertake a research project engaging with movement-based practices and kinaesthetic awareness in performance.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. basic skills in kinesthetic awareness in performance contextualised by readings in various approaches to contemporary physical performance;
  2. an embodied understanding of the basic performance elements of movement; space, timing, image and composition and dynamic interaction in ensemble work;
  3. an embodied approaches to text;
  4. skills and capacities in devising short performance works drawing on foundational physical exercises and improvisation;
  5. creative and critical reflection upon and articulation of body-based skills and strategies in performance.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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