Undergraduate Units of Study

PRFM3619 - Documenting Performance

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Glen James McGillivray


This unit of study deals with two of the tasks which are fundamental to the developing discipline of Performance Studies: performance analysis and the documentation of performance. Students attend theatrical performances, develop and refine their analytical skills and explore the semiotic theories which underpin the analytical practice. Video recordings and photographs of live performance are also analysed, and the opportunities and new problems that video poses for performance practitioners and scholars are discussed: aesthetic, political and ethical questions in relation to the recording of live performance are explored, students gain 'hands-on' experience in using both video and still photography to document performance, and assess the value of different modes of documentation for archival and analytical purposes.


1x500wd performance analysis project (15%), 1x1500wd documentation project (35%), 1x2500wd essay (50%)


Selected readings available through Copy Centre


1x3-hr seminar/week


(PRFM2001 and PRFM2002) or (PRFM2601 and PRFM2602)


PRFM3002, PRFM3019


  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm




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