Popular Performance 1: Mask and Clown

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Popular Performance 1: Mask and Clown

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Theater, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of prior study in drama.
    Open to suitably qualified students enrolled at KU for Study Option 1 OR 2

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Content:

    This module runs throughout the academic year and introduces students to a range of
    European popular performance traditions. Commedia dell? arte, pantomime and clown
    are typical examples of these traditions although the module could equally focus on a
    number of other forms. The origins and histories of these modes of performance are
    examined and used as a foundation for the exploration of theory associated with
    academics and practitioners such as Jacques Lecoq, John Rudlin, Dario Fo and John

    Both the historical context and the theoretical framework provide a reliable basis for the
    practical exploration of essential techniques and conventions of performance associated
    with each of the forms studied. The mutable and capricious Clown, an enduring feature
    of popular performance, is a recurrent figure within the module and serves as a
    playful means of approaching concepts such as presence, play, and the role of the
    spectator in the creation of meaning as well as common themes such as marginality,
    transgression order and chaos.

    Autumn Semester:
    Lectures and seminars trace the histories of commedia, pantomime and clown and
    introduce theories and conventions associated with these traditions. Workshops
    introduce techniques of improvisation, stagecraft, slapstick, stock characterisation, basic
    acrobatics, half-mask technique and comedic rules.

    Teaching: Lectures, Seminars and Practical Workshops.

    A portfolio of assessment tasks that may include that following:
    ? 3 - 5 minute Performance developed and realised in small groups or by
    ? 8 - 10 minute Performance developed and realised in small groups
    ? 2000 word Reflective Essay
    STUDY OPTION 2: 5 minute group-based performance using mask, character and persona
    and 2000 word reflective essay.

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

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