Module Details

Module Code: ARTS B8001
Full Title: Performance Studies Theory and Practice
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 2 Semesters
Credits:: 10
Module Owner:: Laura Bowler
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aim of this module is to explore the theory and practice of Performance Studies introducing students to performance in its widest spectrum of meanings, from sport to film, from on-line gaming to opera. The module will act as a cap-stone module, the students will be expected to combine all their theatre practice, technical theatre and film production skills to produce an interdisciplinary Performance Studies installation or event which is grounded in theory.

During the first semester students will engage in weekly lectures (2 hrs) and workshops (2 hrs). The students will study a number of key theories and practitioners, and explore this work in a workshops setting.

In the second semester they will work to create an interdisciplinary Performance Studies event. Students will receive supervision of their projects as a class (1 hr).
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Demonstrate the ability to create performances using an interdisciplinary approach
MLO2 Apply theory in order to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a variety of performance practices
MLO3 Apply theory in the creation of short performances, either through directing or devising.
MLO4 Present performance ideas for evaluation and be able to critically engage in feedback.
MLO5 Create an interdisciplinary site specific event for public performance. Include film, media, technical and performance elements as appropriate.
MLO6 Evaluate personal learning and reflect critically on own work.
MLO7 Demonstrate arguments through performative procedures.
MLO8 Using key theory analyse performance in a comparative and interdisciplinary manner.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Performance Theory
Richard Schechner, Victor Turner, Mike Pearson; ritual and play;
Performance Art and Performance Studies
Performance Art and Performance Studies: Gender; Intercultural Performance; The Body in Performance; Liminality and Borders; Performing grief and death; Carnival, celebration and food
Site Specific Performance
Environmental performance and contemporary site specific performance; the work of companies like Performance Corporation, Anu Productions etc.
Performance in a contemporary mediatised society
Performance in conventional media and film; performance on-line; diffused and extended audience; performance as part of the everyday
Performance theory in practice
Analysis of theoretical perspective through practical workshops, site-specific events and practical essay
Interdisciplinary practice
Understanding interdisciplinary practice; management of the elements of performance; film, media, audio, lighting, set, costume, performance;
Practices of devising; idea generation; group work; discipline and problem solving; working with a writer;
Key theories of directing; working with text; the responsibilities of the actor; the director/actor/technical dynamic
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Full Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Every Week Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students must participate and contribute to practical workshops on directing, devising and site-specific performance
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 15
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 12 Learning Outcome 1,2,3,5,6
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Each student will prepare a research
topic on a key practitioners or practice in contemporary performance studies, as discussed in lectures.
Assessment Type Presentation % of Total Mark 10
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 4,6,8
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students must present a written and oral presentation of their proposed performance event
Assessment Type Performance Evaluation % of Total Mark 35
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Sem 2 End Learning Outcome 1,2,5,7
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students will work on an individual short site specific installation or event that is devised and directed by the student, with or without collaborators, based on theory. These performances should display interdisciplinary skills in film, media, performance and technical theatre as appropriate.
Assessment Type Reflective Journal % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Sem 2 End Learning Outcome 2,6,7,8
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students must maintain a rehearsal
logbook, a performance record in images or film as appropriate, and complete an evaluation of
their learning after the event.
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Every Week 7.00 7
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Every Week 6.50 6.5
Lecturer Supervised Learning Contact No Description Every Week 0.50 0.5
Total Weekly Learner Workload 16.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50
This module has no Part Time On Campus workload.
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Schechner, Richard. (2013), Performance Studies, 3rd. Routledge, London and New York.
  • Madison, D.Soyini, and Judith Hamera, eds.. (2006), The Sage Handbook of Performance Studies, Sage Thousand Oaks, London.
  • Bial, Henry, ed.. (2020), The Performance Studies Reader, 3rd. Routledge, London and New York.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Brady, Sarah and Fintan Walsh. (2009), Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
  • Colin Counsell and Laurie Wolf, ed. (2003), Performance Analysis: an introductory coursebook, Routledge, London and New York.
  • Auslander, Philip. (2008), Theory for Performance Studies: A Student's Guide, Routledge, London and New York.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources