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MA Practising Performance


Course Description

This exciting taught MA is dedicated to the practice of performance.

The course combines both practical and critical approaches to the study of a broad range of performance forms and methodologies, with particular attention to devised performance, physical theatre, site-specific work and time-based art as they are manifest historically, culturally and experimentally.

You will be experimenting with practice from the outset and being challenged to think about performance in innovative ways. Academic study - work on the theory, critical analysis and effective documentation of performance - is always matched by practice: you will make group performances and solo performances, give lectures and present your intellectual ideas through performance. You will be encouraged to develop your own artistic practice, informed by your own particular interests, so that whatever style of performance or theatre you wish to make in the future, you will be equipped with the right tools to bring your ideas and imaginings to fruition in a highly developed manner

You will examine a range of theoretical and practical devices and procedures appropriate to the appreciation, analysis and creation of performance.
You will be introduced to intellectual and creative frameworks for the informed description, devising, presentation, documentation and analysis of performance.
You will be encouraged to make practical initiatives in conceiving performance.
You will be asked to demonstrate sophisticated approaches to conception, design, rehearsal and manifestation in relation to a specific context though applicable elsewhere.
You will acquire embodied knowledge through experiential learning.


The course is comprised of six modules:

Concepts and Theories of Performance
Performance Practice
Post-dramatic Theatre
Practice as Research
Practice into Production
Research Project

Throughout the course there are elements of performative practice involved in modes of academic delivery and of assessment. Three modules have a substantial practical component with investigation at a high level: in Performance Practice you will train with an experienced practitioner; in Practice into Production you will work under the direction of an experienced director; and in the Research Project you will have the opportunity, if you desire, to create a work of ‘practice-as-research’, submitting performance as an element of final assessment with an element of critical refection.


The course is designed and taught by academic staff with considerable professional experience and with input from professional practitioners.

The course is housed in a new, purpose-built addition to the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies for research in performance, with dedicated studio, seminar rooms and study facilities.

We welcome applications from anyone with an open-minded interest in contemporary theatre and performance, and a willingness to work both academically and practically at an advanced level. You should normally have a good first degree (2:1 or above). Students may alternatively be able to show evidence of relevant equivalent qualifications and/or experience. Drama/Theatre Studies/Performance Studies will be the principal undergraduate feeders, though we will also consider applicants from other disciplines if they have experience in theatre and performance that gives an equivalent basis for entry.

Course Team

Professor Mike Pearson, Head of Performance Studies.
Mike was an artistic director of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre (1973-80) and Brith Gof (1981-97). He continues to make professional performance with Pearson/Brookes. He is the co-author of Theatre/Archaeology (2001) and author of In Comes I – Performance Memory and Landscape (2007).

Professor Richard Gough, Artistic Director Centre for Performance Research.
Richard was an artistic director of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre (1973-1987). His most recent work includes the staging of a series of elaborate performance banquets in locations worldwide. He is general editor of Performance Research journal.

Dr Heike Roms, Lecturer in Performance Studies and Programme Convenor.
Heike has worked extensively with European theatre companies and has written on topics ranging from landscape in performance to Welsh live art. She contributes to several artist-run projects in Wales and is project director of What’s Welsh for Performance (http://www.performance-wales.org).

Ms Jill Greenhalgh, Lecturer in Performance Studies.
Jill was a member of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre (1979-1986). In 1986 Jill founded The Magdalena Project, an international network for women in performance. Jill continues to participate in Magdalena’s many activities, from South America to Oceania, and to create performances internationally.

Dr Karoline Gritzner, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies.
Karoline's research interests include contemporary British and Irish Drama, Modern European Theatre, Gender and Sexuality, Aesthetics and Critical Theory. Forthcoming publications include a monograph on contemporary British drama in the context of Adorno’s aesthetic theory.

Professor Adrian Kear, Head of Department.
Adrian’s current book project, funded by the AHRC, is entitled, Theatre and Event: Performance and the Ethic of Interruption. He is the author of numerous articles investigating the relationship between critical theory, cultural politics, performance and ethics. He is the co-editor of Psychoanalysis and Performance (Routledge, 2001) and Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture and the Performance of Grief (Routledge, 1999).

Plus guest practitioners.

Visit the MA Practising Performance page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Esther Pilkington

32.JPG After finishing my studies in Theatre, Film and Media Studies and English in Frankfurt/Germany, I received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to do the MAPP in Aberystwyth.

The MA allowed me to combine my interests in both performance theory and practice, offering an exciting framework of seminars, workshops and practical projects while also encouraging me to develop and expand my own interests. Furthermore the course helped me to gain an insight into current developments in performance theory and practice on a national as well as international level.
Especially the interrelationship between theory and practice that the course offers is unique. The constant exchange between the two motivated me as an emerging researcher/artist to re-negotiate this relationship as well as to develop a critical awareness of my practices and methodologies. A good example of this interrelationship is the “performed essay” (developed in the second semester): it allowed me to explore my interests in journey, performance and documentation on a theoretical and practical level, and I have since been able to present it in Giessen/Germany where it was shortlisted for the international Performing Science award.

The course has not only encouraged me to articulate and develop my own research interests, but has also enabled me to understand them in relation to current developments in performance practice and to a wider research context. This has provided a valuable basis for the PhD project I have just started.

(Student Profile)

Louise Ritchie

34.jpg The MA in Practising Performance for me has been life changing, opening doors to professional practice, teaching, Arts Council of Wales funding and further research. The course has so much to offer combining the expertise of some of the most well known academics and performers in this field with a programme that balances theory and practice in the most sophisticated way. As a result of the continued support that I have received since graduating from the programme, I have recently been awarded a University Scholarship to undertake my PhD here within the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, which will commence in September 2008.

The Department boasts excellent facilities with a dedicated space designed for the exclusive use of MA Practising Performance students. Here you can participate in daily training with fellow students, practical classes, group performances and of course the final practice as research project. The theory and practice work in agreement, continually reinforcing each other as the course progresses. The practical elements culminate in a month long process in May under the direction of a professional performance artist/director, the most recent being Eddie Ladd. This period of experimentation proved to be an excellent step towards my final solo performance which took place in September 2005.

As a result of the skills that I acquired during the MA in Practising Performance I have since found work with a range of professional companies and directors including Blast Theory, Volcano Theatre Company, goodcop/badcop, third angel, Pearson/Brookes, Jill Greenhalgh and Eddie Ladd as well as performing my own work with fellow MA graduate Gareth Llyr at major festivals throughout the U.K.

I shouldn’t forget to mention the idyllic backdrop that you find yourself surrounded by here in Aberstywyth. This really is the perfect location to study; here you will find beautiful scenery on your doorstep, fun around the corner and a safe friendly environment to work and play, in fact there are far more things to do here than I have room to write on this page. But finally, I would recommend this exciting course to anyone with an interest in working with experts in this field who have crafted a course that suits the academic, the performer and the hybrid; I think that’s me.



(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth International Excellence Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Up to 100 scholarships worth £2000 from tuition fees of full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2013.
This will be an open competition (i.e. no departmental or faculty quotas)
Separate application forms will not be required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place [see http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/web/apply.htm] be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2013.
Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/Comparability.html.
Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award) or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards and the 10% Aber-grad Discount.
Scholarships cannot be deferred to future intakes.
This scholarship scheme is subject to annual review.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000 towards tuition fees

Eligibility

Non-EU applicants only. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or overseas equivalent, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university). In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31 July 2013

Application Procedure

Separate application forms will not be required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place [see http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/web/apply.htm] be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2013.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/scholarships/summary/


(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/taught/


(Scholarship)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest.

Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess a good first degree (2:1 or above) but we will consider applicants with other experience which gives an equivalent basis for entry

Course Fees

Please see our Postgraduate Admissions Office website for up to date fees View Website


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