Spring 2024 - CA 252 D100

Live Acts IV (3)

Class Number: 6359

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, Wed, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    One of CA 123, 131, 146, 161, 171, 251.



The fourth 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, students develop the foundational skills for creating original, contemporary live art.


Live Acts IV: Future States is a study of the future via writing, embodied practice, and performance. Over the semester students will study and replicate a short version of Deborah Pearson’s Future Show (2015); explore Canadian dance artist Ame Hendsersen’s practice of “Futuring” as a performance generating tool; and complete the study and interpretation of a scene from Samuel Beckett's Endgame. The course will intrigue students with interests in writing, movement and performance. 


  • To explore solo and collaborative writing. 
  • To introduce students to self-generating performance methods.
  • To read, study and interpret a scene from a published text: Endgame by Samuel Beckett.
  • To meet the student in articulating and achieving their objectives as students and performance practitioners.


  • Future show draft and reading. 30%
  • Conceptual framework and execution of a self-generating performance. 20%
  • Scene Study of Samuel Beckett's Endgame 30%
  • General participation. Includes full completion of assignments and exercises, attitude, thoughtful participation in discussions, concentration, attendance, playfulness, risk, generosity, leadership, collaborative spirit, etc. 20%


We enter this space as collaborators. Each participant is responsible for the production and maintenance of its trajectory. This requires full attendance and participation in scheduled classes and presentations.  


  • 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 lateness equals 1 full absence. We will always start on the agreed upon time. Notify the instructor in advance of all absences. 2% of the final grade is reduced for every absence without reason.
  • 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.
  • Avoid wearing scents.



+ Appropriate studio clothing – we will be moving a lot in class.
+ Writing tool - ideally a computer. If this is not possible, please discuss with instructor.


Samuel Beckett's Endgame

Deboarah Pearson's Future Show


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Registrar Notes:


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