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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI1705 Making Dance Theatre

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Fiona Bannon

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module offers students an opportunity to explore a range of approaches and engagement with dance theatre practice.The module is designed to provide flexibility for students to explore ways to generate their own material, work with peers in a group devising process and work within an ensemble in order to create performance, scores and documentation. Students will learn about current dance theatre practice from national and international perspectives and consider how these works extend definitions of dance practice in terms of communication, politics, creativity, artistry and cultural identities.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...

Demonstrate theoretical and practical awareness and understanding of current dance theatre practice;
Identify and utilise a range of academic and artistic contexts in which dance theatre is situated;
Evaluate specific practice-led examples of dance theatre making;
Devise and present evidence of dance theatre in practice;
Articulate developments in dance theatre as an interdisciplinary arts practice and cultural phenomenon.

Learning outcomes
Understand and articulate identifying features of performance practice and theory emerging from dance theatre in the C20th and C21st;
Demonstrate the use of choreographic methods in association with choreological study;
Apply models of critical reflection and the appropriate use of discipline specific critical vocabulary;
Demonstrate the ability to apply theories of analysis in the use of documentation and the development of individual scores.

Skills outcomes
This module will:

Extend and refine subject knowledge through enhanced appreciation and understanding of dance theatre as a genre of performance;

Develop a range of theoretical and practical methods through which performance can be devised;

Utilise ensemble based learning as a format for creative and social articulations;

Enhance the use of individual reflection as part of a process of on-going experiential learning.


The module will include practice based workshops and seminars addressing choreographic methods, contexts, and theory.

Indicative Content

Explorations will include the use of improvisation, choreographic principles and practice,, choreology, movement study and site-sensitive design. The work will address the creative application of varied processes in order to manipulate material through concepts such as the re-use, re-cycling, re-construction and adaptation of materials.

The range will allow for the exploration of collaborative and ensemble practices in making, evaluating, critically reflecting and refining the design of original dance theatre.

Examples of innovative approaches to dance theatre practice and scholarship will include the study of key thinkers, and practitioners in the field, for example, Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Sasha Waltz, Meg Stuart, Vera Mantero, Tino Seghal, Wim Vandekeybus, Maaike Bleeker, Bojana Cvejic, Jonathan Burrows.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Independent online learning hours70.00
Private study hours97.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent Online Learning (70)
This would include engagement with managed course materials, the viewing and analysis of online resources including video and other digital sources, choreographic archives and documentation and scores.

Private Study (97).
This would include guided independent ‘literature’ review and the development of an online profile using resources such as ‘Padlet’, ‘tumblr blogs’ and video analysis. This work would contribute towards individual demonstration of familiarity with dance theatre practice and engagement with critical response in terms of reflective practice.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring of student progress will take place throughout the taught sessions and seminar discussions. There will be opportunity to discuss aspects of individual interest during studio based critical response and via the blog spaces set up for each student.

Students will be given the opportunity to work in study groups when developing their critical analysis and these will be discussed during seminars.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayCritical Analysis 1500-2000 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Alternative assessment is set according to individual circumstances and approved via Exams Tutor and Pro Dean SE

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:42


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