Undergraduate Units of Study

PRFM2603 - Between Impro & Text: Making Performance

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Paul Gregory Dwyer


Some performances seem firmly text-based (a David Williamson play; the libretto/score of a Wagnerian opera). Others involve more or less spontaneous "composition-in-performance" (Commedia dell' Arte, Theatresports, "free jazz"). Yet, whatever the form, performance is always the thing you get when skilled artisans "assume a responsibility to an audience and to tradition as they understand it" (Dell Hymes). In this unit, we analyse the interactions between literary and primarily oral traditions of performance, questioning assumptions about the historical primacy of texts.


1x1200-1500wd tutorial paper related to group performance work (40%), 1x2500wd essay on rehearsal practices (50%), continuous assessment and formative tasks (10%)


Selected readings available from the University Copy Centre


1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week


18 junior credit points in no more than two subject areas including at least 12 from Table A



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