From Reproduction to Creativity and the Aesthetic: Towards an Ontological Approach to the Assessment of Devised Performance

Fryer, Nic (2010) From Reproduction to Creativity and the Aesthetic: Towards an Ontological Approach to the Assessment of Devised Performance. Research in Drama Education, 15 (4). pp. 547-562. ISSN 1356-9783

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Abstract

In this article I attempt to interrogate some of the issues around the assessment of live work. I use a range of theories, particularly Rancière's notion of the ‘aesthetic regime’ of art, to suggest a three-pronged ontological approach to assessment that seeks to avoid the dangers of Bourdieu's and Passeron's concept of reproduction, and which instead values students' creations. Firstly, I suggest that educators should embrace the ambiguities in moments which allow for the shifting of conceptual boundaries. Secondly, I propose that in such moments a social interaction is created between artwork/student and spectator/assessor that is indicative of both the arts generally and live performance specifically. Finally, I suggest that we require students to explore the frontiers of what can be created, explored, shown and understood through performance. I conclude by using the work of the company Goat Island to offer some practical examples of what this might mean for both live performance and assessment practices.

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URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/9726

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