From reproduction to creativity and the aesthetic: towards an ontological approach to the assessment of devised performance

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Fryer, N. 2010. From reproduction to creativity and the aesthetic: towards an ontological approach to the assessment of devised performance. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. 15 (4), pp. 547-562. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2010.512189
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TitleFrom reproduction to creativity and the aesthetic: towards an ontological approach to the assessment of devised performance
AuthorsFryer, N.
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 Ranciere’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.

Keywordsaesthetics; assessment; devised performance; Goat Island; Ranciere
Sustainable Development Goals4 Quality education
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalResearch in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
ISSN1356-9783
Electronic1470-112X
Publication dates
Online02 Nov 2010
Print30 Nov 2010
Publication process dates
Deposited06 Dec 2022
Accepted05 Apr 2010
Output statusPublished
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance on 02 Nov 2010, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13569783.2010.512189

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2010.512189
Scopus EID2-s2.0-79960211580
Web of Science identifierWOS:000283876600006
LanguageEnglish
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