Dance & Drama

The General Dance course develops and presents ideas through a variety of genres, styles and forms, as it provides a unique way in which to express our cultural view and understanding of the world. Through critical decision-making in individual and group work, movement is manipulated and refined to reflect the choreographer’s intent. Students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and devices, and draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to make dance works.

Students reflect on, respond to, and evaluate how dance styles and forms are historically derived and culturally valued. They learn how the origins of dance and its importance as a form of expression and that it can represent a variety of political, cultural and historical motivations. This understanding informs their own dance-making and the dance works of others. They use appropriate terms and language to describe dance.

Through participation in the General Dance course, students develop transferable skills essential to their future. These include communication skills, collaborative teamwork skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to organise, analyse and evaluate. Participation may lead to opportunities for future study in dance or related arts fields.

Unit 3 – Popular Culture

Through practical lessons, students use safe dance practices and improved physical competencies to acquire genre-specific technique. Performance qualities and etiquette are improved through increased opportunities for performance of popular styles. Students solve choreographic tasks to produce dance works incorporating dance element, choreographic processes, technologies and design concepts that reflect current popular trends. The exploration of dance in popular culture leads to a wider understanding of the diverse contexts and functions of dance in our society.

Unit 4 – Australian Dance

Through practical lessons, students incorporate safe dance practices and demonstrate consistent improvement in physical competencies in acquiring genre-specific technique. Opportunities to perform in increasingly formal environments enhance the ability to develop individual stage presence. An understanding of the diverse range of functions and contexts of dance in Australia enables students to make relevant comparisons between their own dance and the dance of others. They analyse their own cultural beliefs and values in relation to traditional and contemporary dance forms and styles, and develop deeper understandings of their own dance heritage.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 11 General Dance Units 1 and 2 to a C grade.

Course Requirements: Students are required to have a Prendiville Dance black leotard and black leggings.

The Drama ATAR course focuses on aesthetic understanding and drama in practice. Students use the elements and conventions of drama to develop and present ideas and explore personal and cultural issues. They engage in drama processes such as improvisation, play building, text interpretation, playwriting and dramaturgy which allow them to create original drama and interpret a range of texts that are written or devised by others. Students achieve outcomes through the key activities of creation, performance and reflection. Their work in this course includes taking on different roles defined as actor, director, dramaturge, designer (of lighting, sound and costume) and scenographer and through these roles they gain an appreciation of the scope and depth in drama. Students engage in both Australian and world drama practice. They learn to understand how drama has changed over time and will continue to change according to its cultural context.

Unit 3 – Reinterpretation of drama for contemporary audiences

The focus for this unit is to reinterpret dramatic text, context, forms and styles for contemporary audiences through applying theoretical and practitioner approaches. This includes physical theatre approaches, such as Jacques Lecoq, Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki and text-based approaches, such as Theatre of the Absurd, Asian theatre and Poor Theatre. In this unit, students work on the reinterpretation of text, subtext, context, form and style through in-depth study.

Unit 4 – Contemporary and devised drama unit description

The focus for this unit is interpreting, manipulating and synthesising a range of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary and devised drama. This includes contemporary theatre approaches, such as Barrie Kosky and Robert Lepage and experimental approaches, such as Robert Wilson and VE Meyerhold. In this unit, students show their understanding of how a range of practical and theoretical approaches manipulate the elements of drama to devise and perform original work.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 11 Drama ATAR Units 1 and 2 to a C grade.

Course Requirements: Students are required to have a pair of ‘theatre blacks’ for this subject.  (Black pants or shorts and a black t-shirt.)

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