Drama and Dance

Dance

Dance is a continuously evolving form of creative expression which allows students to use their bodies as the primary instrument of communication. Students are provided with experiences which encourage and value individual aesthetic response, and which facilitate the development and expression of the individual on a physical, intellectual, social and emotional level. Through Senior Dance, students will foster an appreciation of a range of cultural contexts within Australia and the rest of the world.

Students will undertake learning experiences in Choreography (by exploring, selecting and manipulating dance components and skills), Performance (by employing the technical and expressive skills of dance to communicate an interpretation of intent) and Appreciation (by building knowledge and understanding of dance in its contexts and learning the skills of analysis, interpretation, evaluation and research). These experiences will be undertaken in the context of a range of dance styles such as Contemporary, Ballet and Popular styles.

Students will be assessed using a variety of tasks such as choreography, performance and extended written response either to live or video performance.

 

Drama

Drama provides students with a unique form of experiential learning which engages both the intellect and emotion. Students' understanding of themselves and the world in which they live will be enhanced as they draw on their own and others' life experience and develop their creativity to produce and critically evaluate Drama. Students develop the ability to use the language and symbol systems of Drama to make and communicate meaning, symbolically represent the world in which they live and deepen their understanding of symbolic representations. By exploring dramatic perspectives (both heritage and contemporary) they will learn to value the range of social and cultural contexts in which drama is made, both within Australia and internationally.

Drama provides students with an array of learning experiences undertaken in a range of contexts. Students study dramatic languages (elements of drama, skills of performance, styles and their conventions, contexts and texts) and dramatic perspectives (heritage – before 1980, and contemporary – after 1980). They will cover a range of works from Western, Non-Western and Australian Drama, thus allowing the exploration of theatrical styles such as Realism, Epic Theatre and Physical Theatre. Students will receive a well-rounded education in Drama through their experiences in directing, playwriting, acting, improvisation, and will adopt the mantle of theatre critic to discern the social and cultural value of dramatic works. Students will be provided with numerous opportunities to view live theatre to enrich their knowledge and understanding of Drama.

Students will be assessed using a variety of tasks such as playwriting, directing, performance, and extended analytical writing in response to live theatre.

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