PERF07031 2019 Directing 3 - postmodern theatre
Directing 3 explores postmodern theatre directing, bringing together critical theory and contemporary theatre practice to provide valuable tools for directing in today's expansive performance world. Postmodern theatre places new and novel demands on stage directors. It is more experimental, and the boundaries of what constitutes a performance have shifted. Dialogue is no longer always the primary mode of communication, and music, sound, movement, and other visual elements will be explored as ways to make meaning onstage. Learners will develop skills across relevant creative disciplines and inter-disciplinary practices in a highly collaborative environment. Using visual and cultural research, demonstrations and presentations, learners will reflect on a variety of approaches to the development of theatre by key practitioners and dominant forces, including e.g. Meyerhold, Brecht, Beckett, Artaud, Wilson, Foreman, Mitchell and others.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Learners will have an understanding of the dominant forces of theory and practice in the development of theatre in a postmodern world
Learners will explore the interchange between performance and e.g. visual art, movement, theatre, writing, sound, multi-media and so on, in a collaborative environment.
Learners will have an understanding of the dynamics of space and how spacial principles inform all aspects of postmodern performance.
Learners will examine various sign-systems that can be manipulated by directors to bring about 'meaningful' communication in a postmodern context.
Learners will know the process of transforming a playscript or concept into a living postmodern performance.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Practice-based learning in a black box space with lighting, sound, projector, costume and props etc.
The subject must be taught with a director, designer and acting practitioner in the learning environment.
Module Assessment Strategies
Practice based assessment - two in class assessments - concept realisation - 25% and 25%
Log book - tracking the learning process - 30%
Continuous Assessment - present in class/ research shown in class contribution/scene realisation - 20%
Theoretical informed practice: Learners will explore the dominant forces in theatre history, theories of directing, and directors who might be termed postmodern, in an effort to demonstrate a more hybrid and multi-modal textual practice, to a more postmodern stage. Learners will aim to rediscover texts and concepts in new ways.
Learners will explore the relevant movements and practitioners in twentieth century philosophy, theatrical practices and theatre companies in order to examine: collaboration; roles of creative disciplines; traditional/contemporary approaches; vocabulary; exploration; realisation.
Philosophers, practitioners and theatre companies might include Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Frederic Jameson, Heiner Muller, Richard Foreman Robert Wilson, Katie Mitchell, Forced Entertainment, Punch Drunk, Anu, and Complicite.
The spacial and visual principles involved in the realisation of a text or concept, the role of the audience, the use of multi-media, the relationship between the performer and character will be explored.
Additionally, learners will examine questions about what it is that has shaped performance practices today? How has interdisciplinary: theatre/art; theatre /music; theatre/film, theatre/writing etc. lighting; digital media changed how we think about performance.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Practice-based assessment x 2 (25% and 25%)||Practical||Assessment||50 %||OnGoing||1,3,5|
|2||CA - Log Book||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||30 %||End of Semester||2,3|
|3||Continuous Assessment||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||20 %||OnGoing||1,3,4,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Directed Learning||Flat Classroom||Directing||3||Weekly||3.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
1994 Directing Postmodern Theater University of Michigan Press
ISBN 0472065572 ISBN-13 9780472065578
An introduction to theatrical directing using the concepts and terminology of semiotic theory
2009 The Director's Craft
ISBN 0415404398 ISBN-13 9780415404396
This text presents a practical guide to directing in theatre. The author provides a beginner's guide to the process, with specific advice on every aspect of working with actors, designers, and the text.
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