Between Impro and Text: Making Performance (PRFM2603)


"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."

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


1x500wd equivalent group performance/workshop presentation (20%), 1x1500wd individual workshop report (40%), 1x2500wd essay (40%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

18 junior credit points from subject areas listed in Table A


PRFM3005 or PRFM3014 or PRFM3016

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