Designed for the ‘auteur’, the course provides a laboratory for study and experimentation in the area of contemporary performance, enabling both practical and conceptual work. Whether students are directors, choreographers, performers, visual artists, composers or designers, they will be invited to engage with new forms and apply established techniques in innovative ways. The production and making of performance is seen not only as an opportunity to experiment, but also as a process through which academic research might be undertaken.
Students are part of a thriving community of postgraduate scholars and practitioners working within a School-wide framework for research and experimentation. They will be invited to interrogate, test and apply the most recent thinking and practices within their particular field, and be encouraged to explore, experiment and innovate by developing their own contemporary performance practice(s), whilst conducting research into performance, and pushing the boundaries within their chosen field. Throughout, emphasis will be placed on process through a mutually interdependent relationship between theory and practice.
The course values the particular skills and personal proposals that individual students bring to it. The interests that they express will help shape the timetable and content of course units, some of which will be undertaken with students of other specialist postgraduate courses. The course also draws on Central’s contacts with organisations and practitioners engaged in the development of new work and innovative practices within the performance industries.
During this year students might expect to:
- participate in workshops and seminars to investigate the relationship between the concepts and materials of performance
- analyse making, performing and spectatorship as interrelated activities
- learn about critical contexts and concepts
- explore different strategies and methods for doing research and disseminating the findings, leading towards a conference presentation
- undertake laboratory exploration of performance practice as a way of testing out ideas
- develop work towards a presentation on an appropriate platform within Central’s curated season of public festivals, colloquia and productions
- undertake a sustained individual project (SIP)culminating in a dissertation of 12,000 words, or a portfolio documenting practice-based research of equivalent weight.
Thereafter, many students on completion of the course extend and deepen their studies at PhD level, or enter the industry as innovators in their fields.