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PMA3010 Devising Physical Performance
Credit Points: 15
PMA2005 Movement Fundamentals
PAM1013 Theatre Workshop 1

This unit introduces students to devising original movement material for performance. Rather than staging a pre-existing text, students learn skills in improvisation as a way of generating physical performance. There is an emphasis on impulse, play, spontaneity, and kinaesthetic awareness in solo and group improvisations. The unit goes on to interrogate the collation and editing of movement to serve a given theme or starting point. Students work towards the creation and presentation of short compositional studies to investigate the principles of time and space as the building blocks of performance. They will work creatively with rhythm, duration, and tempo as well as spatial relationship, architecture, gesture and shape to explore a given theme, character or story through the language of the body. Students engage with critical reflection and receiving feedback as part of the creative process. They also conduct case studies into international practitioners who work with improvisation and devising as part of their methodology.

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
Y97Bachelor of Performing Arts
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2014 VET: 14/05/2014