It requires students to challenge assumptions about the creation, understanding, and analysis of performance, to look to the future of performance, dramaturgy, and curation with an emphasis upon the intercultural and the interdisciplinary as they define their practitioner identity.The strand is aimed at developing independent, interdisciplinary creative practitioners who can be employed worldwide in a diverse range of settings, careers and industries. The Performance Arts community is often international in focus, placing emphasis on learning through the exchange of ideas, cultures and experiences. In the first year students take part in a highly guided programme that seeks to aid them in the development of their practice across a range of contexts. In the final year there is the opportunity to refine an area of focus within a professional context.
Practical workshops and projects may include areas as diverse as Butoh, puppetry, object manipulation, dramaturgy, scenography, photography, site-specific, carnival, street arts, video/film, fashion and opera, with leading practitioners from across the world. Students will be asked constantly to debate, argue, and push ideas forward within their area of interest and find what this means for them personally as they develop their practice, creative leadership, authorship and ownership of their work.
The strand brings together the theoretical foundations of Performance and Theatre Studies and focuses on the development of skills across a range of creative and contextual disciplines of contemporary performance practices. This includes areas as diverse as writing for performance, interactive theatre, producing, curation and entrepreneurship, as well as an engagement with visual dramaturgy, scenography and critical practice. Students will build their foundation for their chosen careers around the role of the producer looking at skills in fundraising, development, marketing, programming, artistic direction, finance, production assisting and administration ensuring that they’re ready to create their own work and help others to produce their performances. We do this to be as employable as possible.
Whilst the strand is tailored towards the development of an individual creative identity, there is also emphasis on collaborative work and the expectation that students will undertake a range of roles and positions to challenge your own process and ways of working. It requires a high level of self-reflection and personal and artistic development through self-analysis of your work and learning.
Projects will be supported by a range of practical workshops by leading practitioners from across the world, and may include areas as diverse as Butoh, new writing, object manipulation, photography, immersive performance, carnival, film and video, fashion and opera. Students are encouraged to interrogate, articulate and elaborate their area of interest, exploring what this means for them as they develop their practice in relation to creative and cultural leadership, authorship and ownership of work.
The strand is suited to future leaders of performance venues, organisations and companies. Those interested in directing, producing, devising, creative writing, administration, live and performance art practice will also find the course beneficial. All students will be expected to undertake a rigorous analysis of their practice, engage with work outside of their immediate areas of interest and reassess what they expect, know and value about cultural production.
Provision of a range of foundational knowledge that will help contextualise, deconstruct and develop an individual practice. Opportunity to learn dramaturgical skills and textual analysis, write a new piece of work, develop visual principles of scenography and composition of space, using a range of theoretical and critical frameworks. Production of short pieces of work across a number of distinct collaborative projects, from installation, immersive and traditional performances, supported by skills sessions and seminars in applying research methods, reflective practice, and processes of documentation and criticism.
Focus is on the development and contextualisation of creative practice. Undertaking a project to engage with and develop strategies for intercultural and interdisciplinary work, taught by international practitioners. Production of a festival of live performance, The Accidental Festival (www.accidentalfestival.co.uk) at a professional venue in London, mentored by a range of international practitioners and artists. Completion of a professional placement with a company or practitioner. Seminars and workshops, continuing development of skills in cultural leadership and independent practice. Students will be encouraged to develop a speculative, research based project to sustain and support their work.
Opportunity to apply and refine your practice within a range of professional contexts. Applying specialist skills into creative practice through two major tasks designed by students with the aid of tutor guidance. Portfolio preparation which might include archives of projects involved in during the year, and an examination and presentation of different working processes. Through regular seminars and mentorships, students are acquainted with the dominant industry problematics and discourses, to be made aware of the potential contexts of their work. Students are required to support their learning in a vocational setting beyond Central. Opportunity to personally research, both practically and theoretically, areas of key interest and to be assessed against a chosen practitioner identity.