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Performance Documentation

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: MVK976

The course is not given as a stand-alone course this academic year, but can be included in the program/course package. For information contact the department.

About the Course

The course is focused on providing the students the opportunity to explore new ways of documenting (and archiving) body-based performance practices. By considering the documentation as an artistic strategy and essential part of a performance practice, this course aims to:

  • examine different forms of documenting a performance work and practice (e.g. video, photo, text)
  • explore the notion of ‘expanded documentation’ by using narrative means that reframe the documentation in a new context
  • promote collaborative processes to generate joint documentations
  • analyze the value of documentation in the academic context and performing arts festival marke

This university course (7,5 credits) explores new ways of documenting and archiving body-based performance practices. By using audiovisual, photographic and textual tools, this course aims to unpack the procedures and values of documentation in the academic context and in the wider performing– and fine arts fields. The course is targeted for master students and professional artists who are interested in acquiring new skills for documenting and disseminating an artistic and embodied practice. The structure of the course is divided into three workshops which will be hold (in English) by the following practitioners/researchers:

Workshop 1:
Dr Ben Spatz will introduce a set of practical techniques for short-circuiting embodiment and audiovisuality, which may be useful to anyone conducting practice research in actor and performer training, creative devising, or post-dramatic performance. Departing from performance documentation, these techniques are drawn from a new audiovisual embodied research method that rigorously implements a laboratory for experimental practice. In this workshop, the method will be simplified and introduced through four basic relations: to embodied material; between practitioners; external or directorial; and videographic. Participants will explore each of these relations separately and then experiment with the generation of new kinds of research data that emerge from them.

Workshop 2:
The performance artist and artistic researcher Nathalie Fari, will focus on the notion of expanded documentation and on artistic strategies that seek to reframe, reenact and/or recontextualize a performance work. Starting from a selection of documented performances (mainly photography) from either historical meaning or one’s own archive, we will experiment with the design of performative reports (or visual essays) that overlay documentary approaches with fictional elements. In this workshop, this photographic-textual procedure will be conducted through the following principles: theatricality x documentary, embodied experiences x memory, storytelling x precise descriptions and authorship x publicness.

Workshop 3:
The choreographer and artistic researcher Charlotta Ruth, will provide documentation tools for working with the moving image. An emphasis will be given towards documentation as an extension of artistic practice. When is video the right media? How can you document without disturbing the live performance situation? How can participatory elements be captured? How to deal with image consent? Based on these questions, we will look at the individual needs (researching, promoting, reporting) by analyzing other documentation practices and by developing one’s own documentation concept.


  • Workshop 1: 06.-08.03.2020 // 10.00am–17.00pm 
  • Workshop 2: 13.-15.03.2020 // 10.00am–17.00pm 
  • Workshop 3: 27.-29.03.2020 // 10.00am–17.00pm 



Academy of Music and Drama
Fågelsången 1
412 56 Göteborg 

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Study Guidance

För ytterligare information om kursen innehåll kontakta Nathalie Suck Fari, Frågor om antagning och administrativa frågor besvaras på eller av Utbildningsexpeditionen på tel. 031-786 40 20 (mån,tis och tor 10.00-12.30)


Academy of Music & Drama
Box 210
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Fågelsången 1

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