Year course
History of Performance

Friday 22 September 2017 - Friday 6 July 2018

  • Friday 22 September 2017 - Friday 6 July 2018

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £640.00 - £2,150.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Experience the History of Performance through the medium of Opera, Theatre, and Dance. Term one explores the cities and states in which opera was to make a major impact as well as the major works associated with each city and the people who created them. The second term investigates theatre-dance from the ballet de cour of the seventeenth century through to twenty first century choreographers. British Theatre takes centre stage in the final term which looks at the development of theatre from Shakespeare to the modern day.

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Year Course Directors Term 1: Daniel Snowman; Term 2: Jane Pritchard; Term 3: Giles Ramsay and Malcolm Jones

Daniel Snowman is a social and cultural historian and Senior Research Fellow. Jane Pritchard is Curator of Dance for the V&A. Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer. Malcolm Jones has worked as an actor, director and teacher and has taught at The Actors Centre and RADA.

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Course Overview

Autumn Term

12 weeks, 22 September – 8 December 2017

The History of Opera

Explore cities and states in which opera was to make a major impact, their rulers and financiers, theatres and impresarios, artists and audiences as well as the works themselves and the people who created them. In this operatic Grand Tour, we make stopovers in Handel’s London and Mozart’s Vienna amongst others.

Spring Term

11 weeks, 12 January – 23 March 2018

The Development of Ballet and Theatre Dance

This term will look at the development of ballet and theatre dance largely in the Western world. Richly illustrated, it will consider all aspects of dance production, design and music as well as movement, drawing attention to the wealth of material in the V&A’s own collection.

Summer Term

12 weeks, 20 April – 6 July 2018

A History of British Theatre

Chart the development of theatre in many aspects, from Shakespeare to the modern day. The aim of this term is to focus on performance within the theatrical space and explore the unique relationship between an audience and performer across the ages.

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Year course: History of Performance

22 September 2017 - 6 July 2018

£640.00 - £2,150.00

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Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)