Making Theatre Happen

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Making Theatre Happen

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Theater, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Suitable for Study Abroad/International Exchange students enrolled at KU
    for Study Option 3 but must be enrolled in DA4001 Staging Histories as well.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Content:

    This module runs in conjunction with DA4001 Staging Histories. The module introduces
    students to significant skills, vocabularies and methods associated with creating
    performance and explores ways in which these may be applied within a range of
    dramatic and theatrical contexts. The main features of this module are the study and
    practice of key elements of performance such as the use of space, time, force (or
    energy); body and voice; play; interpersonal interaction onstage and off; performance
    structure and dynamics; and the creation of dramatic meaning and theatrical effect.

    Topics covered may include:
    ? Physical and vocal technique drawn from the work of, for example,
    Jacques Lecoq, Chris Crickmay and Miranda Tufnell, Cicely Berry, Kristin
    ? Exercises in focus and concentration
    ? Exercises in precision and clarity
    ? Use of space, time and force drawn from, for example, Rudolph Laban,
    Anne Bogart and Tina Landau (Viewpoints)
    ? Creative play, improvisation and groupwork drawn from, for example,
    Mike Pearson, Keith Johnstone, Augusto Boal
    ? Creative principles and methodologies such as those of Antonin Artaud,
    Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski, Vsevolod Meyerhold
    ? Viewing and analysis of performances by companies such as Complicite,
    DV8, Improbable, Kneehigh
    ? Basic principles of production design
    ? Basic principles of dramaturgy and dramaturgical analysis
    ? Devising strategies

    Autumn Semester:
    Students study 2 sets of performance methods and techniques, each related to a
    practitioner. Areas of study are not fixed but may include: Jacques Lecoq and the neutral mask, Vsevolod Meyerhold and stylisation, Robert Lepage and the RSVP method of

    Teaching: Workshops, Practical Exercises and Group Practical Work

    Three Assessment Elements:
    ? Process (40%): Portfolio of activities
    ? 15 min Group-based Performance (40%)
    ? Critical Reflection (20%): 1500 word Essay
    STUDY OPTION 2: a 10 minute group performance applying the techniques learned and a
    reflective essay (1500 words)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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