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TH113 - Contemporary Performance Practices - 2014-15

School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

TH113 Contemporary Performance Practices
Through tutor-led workshops, seminar discussions, and presentations, this first-year core module will introduce you to a range of contemporary devised performance practices, such as site-specific performance, performance art, physical theatre, autobiographical performance, performance interventions, walking performance, and various forms of multi-media performance. You will explore these practices through DVDs, and web-based and written documentation of theatre and performance, and your own practice, and if possible through theatre visits and artist-led workshops. During the year, you will experiment with various approaches to creating devised performance, and you will improve your own critical and creative responses to work seen and discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
The module proceeds through discussions, hands-on practical work, and collaborative devising processes. By the end of the module you will have:
• Considered the inter-relationship between theory and practice in creative practice
• Developed an awareness of key conceptual and creative processes that underpin the realisation of creative projects
• Contributed to the generation and realisation of a range of creative projects through an understanding of appropriate practical skills, techniques and performance vocabularies
• Developed skills in verbal communication, collaborative working and problem-solving

Contemporary Performance Practices is broken into four units with each unit lasting four to five weeks. CPP is timetabled for Thursdays from 9-6. Not all of these hours will involve contact with tutors but may require the fulfilment of set tasks or rehearsal. The class will often be broken down into smaller groups. The class schedule and respective tutors will inform you of how the time will be allocated.

Module Convenors:
Dr Susan Haedicke, autumn term (
Dr Nicolas Whybrow, spring term (

Class location: Millburn Studios (G53 and G55)
Class times: Thursday, all day (exact times differ for each unit and for each group, check timetable and module outline below)

Office Hours:
Susan Haedicke: Monday, 12-1 and by appointment (F04B)
Nicolas Whybrow: tbc Spring term
Michael Pigott: Monday, 2-3pm and by appointment (AO.21)
Maria Estrada-Fuentes: Tuesday, 12-1. By appointment only (F03)

25% Practical Exam 1 (autumn term)
25% Practical Exam 2 (spring term)
50% Practical exam 3 (summer term)

Further Info
Reading List
Assessment Guidelines/titles
Generic Assessment Criteria for Practice
Assessment Deadlines
Attendance List