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COM536 Dramaturgy for Cultural Events (16)

Abstract

This subject examines Australian and international literatures concerned with dramaturgical research and its contribution to the design of cultural events that feature role performance in museums, zoos, aquaria, historic sites, and other cultural heritage settings. Participants develop case studies that analyse and evaluate the role of dramaturgical research within existing events and generate design briefs for new cultural events, theme-specific performative enactments, and/or site-specific interpretive installations.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment restrictions

Admission to Master of Asts (Cultural Event Management) Articulated Set

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to critically discuss international discourses concerning the ways in which dramaturgical research informs the use of role performance events in museums and other cultural heritage settings.
- be able to analyse how contemporary theory concerned with 'ecologies of performance' and 'the radical in performance' inform the design and practice of role performance events and the presentation of interpretive installations in museums, zoos, aquaria, historical sites, and other cultural heritage settings.
- be able to plan dramaturgical research that will aid in the design of role performance events and/or the presentation of interpretive installations within diverse cultural heritage settings.
- to be able to create e-portfolio casebooks and other online presentations that define the ways in which the contribution of dramaturgical research can be communicated within a project-based design brief.
- to be able to evaluate the efficacy of dramaturgical research in relation to role performance events and/or the presentation of interpretive installations within diverse cultural heritage settings.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
- a survey of literature concerning the conduct of dramaturgical research for theatre and its relationship to role performance in museums, at heritage sites, and for special cultural events. - dramaturgical practice as it relates to contemporary theories concerning 'ecologies of performance' and 'the radical in performance'. - analysis of special events and installations in terms of the ways in which they enable audiences to interpret prevailing economic, political, social, cultural, and historical influences in new ways. - the ways in which the concept of role and role distance can be applied to alter the ways in which people interact with interpretive installations and performative enactments within diverse cultural contexts. - how new research perspectives in applied theatre, as practice-led research and research-led practice, are redefining the relationship between applied theatre practice and different forms of role performance in museums, at heritage sites, and through re-enactment events.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 24 November 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.