Culture and Performance

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Culture and Performance

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    The module introduces students to a range of contemporary cultural and critical
    perspectives on drama, and investigates the relationship between culture and
    performance. The major emphasis of the module is upon developing a refined
    understanding of how drama, theatre and performance operate in different contexts.
    The main features of the module are the investigation of ways in which drama expresses
    cultural and critical perspectives in practice, and the exploration of theories such as postcolonialism,
    feminism, and materialism as creative and analytical tools. The module is
    taught through seminar discussions and related practical workshops, supported by extracurricular
    events such as theatre visits. The module is assessed formatively through the
    presentation of a performance essay and a supporting rationale.

    Autumn Semester:
    ? performativity, ethnography, ritual, ontology, method of physical action
    ? reception, reader-response, immersion, participation, affect, cognition, character
    ? form and content, function, style, ideology, romanticism, materialism
    ? reader, text, narrative, intertextuality, dialogism, director, playwright,
    ? chance, intuition, subconscious, conditioning, mind, industry presence,
    mediatisation, digital, medium, television, simulacrum
    ? signification, language, semiotics, deconstruction, contradiction
    ? reality, genre, abstraction, perspective, formalism, modernism, post-modernism
    ? deadly, necessary, tragic, holy, avant-garde, interdisciplinary, marketplace.

    Spring Semester:
    Students study the ways in which drama expresses cultural and critical perspectives in
    practice, and explore of theories such as post-colonialism, feminism, and materialism as
    creative and analytical tools. It is taught through seminar discussions and related
    practical workshops.
    ? Origins: Lecoq, Brook and Barba
    ? Frames (1): Feminism, Gender and Sexuality
    ? Frames (2): Post-Colonialism and Globalisation
    ? Frames (3): Ideology, Materialism and Class
    ? Frames (4): Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity and Identity

    Teaching: Seminars and Workshops

    ? 10 min Performance Essay (Semester 1)
    ? 15 min Performance Essay (Semester 2)
    ? 500 word Rationale for the second performance essay
    10 minute group-based performance essay (this is like a seminar presentation but with
    some performance elements)

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