Spring 2024 - CA 152 D100

Live Acts II (3)

Class Number: 7378

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, Thu, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA 151.



The second of four performance studio courses in the Live Acts cluster. A continued exploration of the foundations of live performance making from a variety of perspectives. With rotating topics each term, students develop the foundational skills for creating original, contemporary live art.


Live Acts 2 is the second of four performance studio courses in the Live Acts cluster. A continued exploration of the foundations of live performance making from a variety of perspectives.

Michael Klien defines choreography as ‘a way of seeing the world’. When we create performances we frame relations between bodies, objects, movements, ideas, conversations etc. Rooted in an experimental and somatic approach we will use scores and task-based structures to explore, play and discuss choreographic thinking as a tool for creating live performance in this course. Tuning ourselves to perception, questioning our position and articulating our felt sensations through gestures of movement, images, language and embodied text. 

Throughout the course you will complete three performance assignments which will 

  • Position your current performance interests in a wider artistic discourse 
  • Practice working collaboratively with someone else’s text / pre written material 
  • Practice generating and working with original text in a solo creation


To practice performance making skills and compositional techniques.

To assist in the development of student's individual artistic practice.

To work with spoken and written text in performance making. 

To explore concepts of language through a variety of expressions.

To favor critical awareness of art's relationship to contemporary society.

To promote a collaborative working environment.

To develop the observational and verbal skills to discuss performances. 

To stimulate students' ability to elaborate and talk about their own artistic practice.


  • General participation. Includes full completion of assignments and exercises, attitude, thoughtful participation in discussions, concentration, attendance, playfulness,  risk, generosity, leadership, collaborative spirit, etc.  20%
  • Journal and Written Reflections 20%
  • Performance Assignment 1 Solo 20%
  • Performance Assignment 2 Group 20%
  • Performance Assignment 3 Solo 20%


  • Students arrive on time for scheduled classes and any group work outside of  class. Absences or lateness will adversely affect the final grade. 5 mins of  tardiness equals 1 full absence. We will always start on the agreed upon time.  Notify the instructor in advance of all absences. 5% of the final grade is  reduced for every absence.
  • Weekly assignments are prepared and completed on time (i.e. readings  completed in full, materials prepared for presentations, etc). 
  • Everyone participates in group discussions and presentations. We hold each other accountable in the studio and to appropriate behaviour. 
  • Individual research and group studio practice outside of the scheduled class  times will be required.


  • Bring a book to write in. Ideally one with removable pages. 
  • All readings are provided by the instructor and available on Canvas as PDFs. 
  • Access to digital recording devices (broadly considered). 
  • Appropriate studio clothing – we will be moving a lot in class. 



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Registrar Notes:


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