Year course
History of Performance: Opera, Dance and Theatre

Friday 28 September 2018 - Friday 12 July 2019

  • Friday 28 September 2018 - Friday 12 July 2019

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £640.00 - £1,992.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

Over three terms, experience the History of Performance through the medium of Opera, Theatre, and Dance. First explore 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. Then investigate 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 in which you will trace the development of theatre from Shakespeare to the modern day.

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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.

It was amazing to learn the historical and political context of the different periods, with historic performance videos. 2017/18 Course Student
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Further Information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people • No Certificate Option • To join Term 2 only, please call 020 7942 2000 to check availability

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 28 September – 14 December 2018

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, you will make stopovers in Handel’s London and Mozart’s Vienna amongst others.

Term 2

13 weeks, 11 January – 5 April 2019

The Development of Ballet and Theatre Dance

Trace the development of ballet and theatre dance largely in the Western world. Richly illustrated, you 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.

Term 3

11 weeks, 3 May – 12 July 2019

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: Opera, Dance and Theatre

28 September 2018 - 12 July 2019

£640.00 - £1,992.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Term 1: The History of Opera

28 September – 14 December 2018

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Term 1 single days

28 September – 14 December 2018

£80.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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