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Helen Thom

on 4 October 2018

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Definition of 'Context'
Context means; 'setting' 'background' environment' 'circumstances'.

In this unit, it refers to the historical background which influenced the development of performance work.
Overview of Unit
Performance work does not just happen. All performances come from somewhere. This can be determined by:
world events
The unit is about....
Performances are designed for specific audiences and can be aimed towards particular socio-economic groups, age, gender or race.

Gaining knowledge of:

historical -
(in the past, events, influences)
social -
(community, people, audience, values)
political -
(government, legislation, censorship)
economic -
(finance, funding, costs)
technical -
(advance of technology)
cultural context -
(qualities or features relating to a specific culture, civilisation, etc)

.......of performing arts.
You will have the opportunity to understand the background and meaning to the way contemporary theatre has been influenced and shaped into its current form.
Understanding the context of performance material, will help to improve your interpretation of work and show how creative idea's can develop.
Work for this unit will involve both practical & written activities; research, referencing, organisation of research, essay writing, analysis', reading scripts, preparation & delivery of Presentations, etc
So, how does the
study of 'context'
help you?
Enables you to understand
the impact that an original
piece of work had
on its audience.
Helps you to understand
why a piece of work
was created
Helps you to understand
how contemporary theatre
has been influenced
Can help you to develop creative
ideas about how you would
stage the production
understanding context can apply to any discipline
Understanding why a piece of work was created can help own interpretation and performance - essential for auditions!
Example of Professional Work where the context has been changed.
''Romeo & Juliet''
'Romeo & Juliet'
The musical
'West Side Story'
The ballet 'Romeo & Juliet'
'Swan Lake'
'The Servant' &
'Play Without Words'

'Capturing the Moment'
''Imagine you are going to create a performance piece that shows what life is like in your area right now for people of your age. You should make it as relevant as possible''.
You can include any combinations of dance, acting and singing.
Within the group, discuss the following elements and make a list of the decisions you reach:
subject matter and themes - what is important to you?
how will you ensure that the material is topical?
where will you stage it?
who is your audience?
what will be the setting and look of the show? what about costumes?
if using music, what will you choose?
Once you have made the major decisions about your performance piece, consider the following:
When do you think the context of your ideas will go out of fashion?
How long will it be before the clothing and music becomes outdated?
How quickly will the topic/subject matter be taken over by other issues?
If you moved the action 10 yrs back in time, what would you need to change? What could you keep the same?
Grading Criteria ......
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