Using a range of case studies, including examples of local theatre and performance companies working in Sydney, students will explore the relationship between place and performance. They will learn techniques and theories of site-specific performance: that is, performance which creatively responds to the contexts of built and natural environments, intercultural complexity, and the demands of a range of work, recreational, and healthcare usages. They will then apply those techniques to create their own site-specific performance works on the Westmead Campus in response to the Westmead Precinct Cultural Policy. Students will produce portfolios documenting the performance work they have created.
1 x 3hr workshop/week
1x1500wd per student Group Work (40%), 1x1000wd Short assessment (30%), 1x2000wd Practice journal (30%)
This unit will involve the application and implementation of a range of performance-making techniques in order to explore and understand how sites are transformed into places. No performance-making experience is assumed. The unit will be taught by experienced scholar-practitioners who will guide students through the processes involved. This is not, however, a 'drama' unit: students will not simply be putting on a play. Rather, they will be researching local issues, engaging with a range of people, and discovering ways in which to animate, performatively, complex environments.