VPA220 Experimental Production and Applied Theatre (8)

In this subject students research, analyse, plan and produce experimental theatrical and performative productions, public-events or projections as applied theatre responding to a range of social and cultural issues. Students are exposed to a broad survey of historic and contemporary experimental theatre-making including performance art/artists, theatre and drama in non-traditional settings, and socially engaged performance practices including the role of experimental theatre in public health, education, housing, social welfare, and juvenile and criminal justice.

Availability

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VPA220. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have undertaken a minimum of three (3) fundamental acting, design, screen-media or animation/visualisation based subjects prior to undertaking this subject.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and validate various exploratory techniques and processes as a means of producing experimental productions;
  • be able to test and evaluate ideas from various perspectives (author and audience) through user testing, self-evaluation and critique;
  • be able to apply technical, creative and theoretical skills to take an idea from concept to public production in experimental and socially engaged theatrical contexts;
  • be able to describe a range of cultural, political, environmental or economic drivers that inform experimental theatre practices; and
  • be able to critique their own work and the work of their peers.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theatre: Theatre-less theatre, theatre outside the theatre & stage-less production
  • Theatre/Production/Design: Transformative Aesthetics
  • Theatre: Postdramatic Theatre
  • Theatre: Experimental Theatre / Avant-garde
  • Production/Design: Divergent theatre, interactivity, immersive theatre
  • Theatre: Performance Art
  • Production/Design: Projection
  • Production/Design: Puppetry, installation, experiential design
  • Theatre: Against the written text
  • Theatre: Character-less performance
  • Case Studies: Theatre and public health/education/housing/social welfare/juvenile and criminal justice/social cohesion

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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