The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores a range of contemporary approaches to performance with attention to the social, political, material and technological implications of the performing body in space, place and time. Emphasising the value of thinking through creative practice, this course actively challenges established models for producing and experiencing works of contemporary performance. Moving beyond the black box and towards expanded, intermedial, interdisciplinary, intercultural and social contexts, this course invites students to ask: what and where is performance?


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically and historically contextualise their own creative practice.

2. Critically engage with issues germane to contemporary performance practices.

3. Work individually and collaboratively to produce innovative contemporary performance works.

4. Understand and articulate the role of contemporary performance in broader social and political discourses


This course will focus on the centrality of the performing body in space, place and time.  Framing the body as both idea and medium, this course will trace the role of the performing body in contexts as diverse as the stage, the black box, the screen, virtual environments, and socially demarcated spaces.  Ideas such as agency, duration, narrative and non-narrative formations, cultural and Indigenous approaches, collaboration, affect and text are all explored in relationship to the performing body.  Students will be exposed to a range of performance making processes and will be given an opportunity to produce both individual and collaborative performances. 

Assessment items

Report: Report: performance review

Presentation: Presentation and summary paper:

Practical Demonstration: Major Practical