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On completion of the module students will be familiar with selected performances of leading avant-garde theatre makers and performance artists of the twentieth century.
Students will be able to:
Reflect on and analyse critically selected performances.
Discuss avant-garde performances with recourse to theoretical frameworks of space, audiences and bodies.
Contextualise avant-garde performances within relevant socio-cultural contexts and within key twentieth century performance practices.
Indicative weekly content (subject to change):
1. Introduction to Module: Contexts for 20th Century Avant-Garde Theatre
2. Alfred Jarry: Ubu Roi
3. Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill: Threepenny Opera
4. Josephine Baker: Cabaret and Revue in Paris and Berlin
5. Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno: Butoh
6. Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop: Oh What a Lovely War!
7. Samuel Beckett and Billie Whitelaw: Not I
8. Alvin Ailey Company and Modern Dance in the USA
9. John Cage, Yoko Ono: Fluxus and Performance Art in New York
10. The Wooster Group: Brace Up!
11. Course Review and Recap
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: End of Term Essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Mid-term Assignment
The mid-term assignment is a critical report on a performance.
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback is offered to students within two weeks of the submission of the mid-term Critical Report on Performance assignment. Essay preparation meetings with teaching staff offered in weeks 10 or 11. Feedback is offered to Essay end of term submission post-assessment.
|Dr Emma Bennett||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Ms Clara Mallon||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Ms Aoife Carey||Tutor|
|Oisin O Donoghue||Tutor|