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
Practice as Research
Practice into Production
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.
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.
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