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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI3709 Social Choreography

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Fiona Bannon

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module offers students an opportunity to investigate social forms of collaborative, choreographic art making in theory and in practice.Students will design experiments in relational performance and social choreography, devising specific aims and contracts. The work will engage the group in exploration of the cultural, social and political assumptions that are part of performance practice.The module includes studio/site-based performative investigations with opportunities to generate and question themes, material and work in group processes. Through the module a range of competencies/capacities will be explored, for example, notions of partnership, altruism, empathy, support, solidarity, resilience, reliance, dependence.


On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
• Contribute to co-designed studio-based experimental practices, and resolve investigatory questions through the use of rational, critical judgment and application of learning.
• Explore ways to apply artistic, cultural and political modes of inquiry through the design and delivery of practice-based investigation/s of social choreography.

• Engage in a range of experimental, creative practices that concern modes of collaborative art making, dissemination, evaluation of process, outcomes and their consequences.
• Adapt current models of social arts practice and collaborative work through experimentation with cooperative design, debate and analysis appropriate to interdisciplinary modes of learning.

Learning outcomes
Successful students will have demonstrated…

1. Understanding of the historical, cultural and ideological
underpinnings of social choreographic practices;

2. The ability to transfer thematic debates and modes of investigation between solo and group based inquiry
3. The ability to devise specific methods of documentation and critical analysis.
4. Appreciation of the role of the ‘social’ in collaborative, ethical and pedagogic frameworks.
5. Ability to make performance with and for a specific audience

6. Awareness of inclusive working practice, underpinned by the core principle of respect for individual, economic and cultural difference.

Skills outcomes
• practical skills in devising social choreography
• movement, and design skills
• improvisation, negotiation and co-creation skills
• Skills in working with audiences


The module explores the role of social systems in the generation of ideas and movement of bodies. Key indicative content includes, engagement in a range of group devised experiments, concerning the body in culture, and the generation of site-based, time-based choreographic processes as an investigatory practice. A key feature of the module is engagement in the exploration of social relations in practice, politics and choreography.
The main delivery is through a combination practice based workshops, with accompanying lectures, rehearsal studies, group devised/self-directed exploration and private study time.
Indicative Content
The module will utilise the ideologies that underpin social choreography, such as, task oriented performances, audience engagement and participation, the creation of co-authored work, exploration of the means of social integration, the creation of performance installations, reliance on cooperative processes for devising, exploration of modes of material generation, composition and intervention.
The module will enable the students to explore ideas of correspondence in terms of creating work with each other and with respect to reformulation, translation, de-ciphering, adjusting, and correspondence through co-authorship. Specific processes form a range of improvisation and social interaction exercises will be applied in the development of new material and processes.
In studio work students will explore specific tasks to evaluate, reflect, review ideas and to provide alternative formats/designs to generate new modes of experiment through different use of the material and ideas.
The module aim is to explore being-in-common, as an attitude to exploring collective imagination, being responsible for ourselves and responsive in working with others. The content and practice draws on exploration of aesthetic experience as an intellectual, sensory, somatic attitude in the making of performance.
By broadening the scope of what choreographic thinking might mean the module seeks to explore communicative frameworks through which we generate ideas in moving, improvising and interacting with each other.

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
Group learning42.008.00
Private study hours62.00
Total Contact hours38.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Includes the study of relevant literature, sourcing and viewing archival materials, practical investigation of social interaction and idea generation and use in addition to self-directed time.
• Group Learning -Self-Directed Sessions: 4 x2 hours = 8
• Engagement with literature and preparation for lectures, presentations and debate. = 100 hours
• Engagement with archival material and preparation for practical coursework: 62

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The module is based on group work that draws on independent and shared development of investigatory initiatives. As such formative feedback and dialogue is built into the operation of the module, contributing to shaping any outputs. Students will be expected to complete individual tasks and contribute to group dialogue. These will happen in studio sessions and via the VLE.
Each student’s contribution to all processes will contribute to the overview, feedback and guidance provided by module tutors.

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
Group ProjectGroup Studio/ Site Based Presentation80.00
Presentationverbal presentation of c.10 mins20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Alternative assessment will take the form of an agreed Lecture Presentation (where possible) or critical commentary depending on the nature of the projects developed in the particular session.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:43:25


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