ACT312 Collisions: 21st Century Performance (8)


This subject introduces students to contemporary performance practices in the late 20th and early 21st century from a theoretical and practical perspective. The subject uses a thematic approach to analyse performance concepts including: postmodern performance, the body as text, post-dramatic theatre and the space and place of performance. Students engage in critical discussion and reflection about the work of leading practitioners and apply their understanding of concepts by creating their own thematic mediated performance.

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Session 1
On CampusBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explore theories and practices of 21st century performance
  • be able to analyse the performance methods of leading practitioners
  • be able to apply theories of performance to creative practice using mediated forms


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Radical concepts: Influences and concepts of performance from the 1970s to the present
  • Body Works: An examination of the body as text in physical theatre
  • Hybrid performances: Post dramatic approaches to text
  • Spaces of Engagement: An exploration of festival, online and site-specific performance
  • Creating a mediated performance


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.