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PRFM2603: Between Improvisation and Text

2024 unit information

All performances exist at the interface of oral and literate culture, involving combinations of 'fixed' and 'free' elements. In this unit, you will explore, through practical workshops and group research, the flexibility of traditional genres like Commedia dell'Arte as well as contemporary forms of performance where improvisation can occur.

Unit details and rules

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Theatre and Performance Studies

Code PRFM2603
Academic unit Theatre and Performance Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points in 1000 level PRFM including PRFM1601
PRFM3005 or PRFM3014 or PRFM3016
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and analyse features of performance that relate to oral traditions
  • LO2. develop skills for devising and presenting short performances in a Commedia dell'Arte style
  • LO3. critically evaluate relationships between written texts and performance, linking this issue to knowledge of production processes in different genres
  • LO4. explain the significance of theories derived from folklore studies, sociolinguistics and cultural anthropology for the development of Performance Studies as an academic interdiscipline

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Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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