Community Performance

Course code CAPA3510Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Examines the socio-cultural, political, economic and aesthetic significance of theatre, performance and film in community contexts. Students will be introduced to the key theoretical and methodological practices which have influenced the role of the artist in community performances with an emphasis on Australian contexts. Students will be required to research and engage in performance projects which construct a socio-political voice for specific marginalized communities. The course will also examine the role of the artist in exploring the relationship between the socio-political voice of the community and the construction of cultural identities and spiritual beliefs.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon the completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge and understanding of the history, theories and methodologies which have shaped the nature of the Community Theatre movement in Australia.
2. Skills in conducting primary research on socio-political issues current in local communities.
3. Skills in constructing, directing and performing original material derived from research activities.
4. Awareness of the political and economic issues prevalent in community performances.
Content* Theoretical and contextual historical influences on the role of the artist and the welfare worker in contemporary community performance
* Contemporary theoretical and contextual issues on the role of the artist in contemporary community performance in Australia
* The interrelationship between aesthetic, cultural and socio-political theories and methodologies informing the construction of contemporary community performance
* Cultural and aesthetic diversity in contemporary community performance
* The construction of identities in contemporary community performances in the Australian context
* Representing the personal, spiritual, social and cultural in community performance
* Critiquing original performances in community performance in Australian contexts
* Facilitating an original community performance
Replacing Course(s)ARTC3510 Community Performance and ARTC3470 Directing and Performing in Contemporary Community Performance.
TransitionStudents who have completed ARTC3510 Community Performance or ARTC3470 Directing and Performing in Contemporary Community Performance may not enrol into CAPA3510 Community Performance.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeARTC1450 Artistic Representations and/or HUMA1650 Narrative and Representation
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1500 words. 20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsPerformance proposal. 20%
Other: (please specify)Practical presentation. 40%
Presentations - TutorialSeminar Presentation. 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term