ABOUT CREATING PRACTICE
- Would you like to better understand your creativity?
- Would you like to develop story as a tool to help explore your practice - to develop your ideas, to trouble-shoot them, and as a source of inspiration?
- Would you like to explore the stories that surround you? From the ones you tell yourself, about who you are and why you do what you do - to the big ones that dominate the world?
This specialisation focusses on the development of your individual artistic practice. That does not mean you will spend your time working alone, more that it is a rare opportunity to develop your creative work in a safe and supported group environment.
It is an ideal specialisation for artists seeking to explore their practice, to redefine it and to experiment with cross-disciplinary work, and is equally inspiring for performers, writers, directors, dancers and lighting designers (to name but a few).
The specialisation is only open to 6 selected students, who will explore their practice and relationship to the arts and the world through the lens of story. Story comes from lots of different places in our lives and, at any point, there are a number of different narratives playing out and intersecting for us. However, because they are so much part of the fabric of our lives, we are often less aware of them and the power they have than we might be. A better understanding of them can enable us to make clearer choices – as artists and as people – to unhook ourselves from dominant social, political, cultural and personal narratives.
During this specialisation, you will learn how story works in the world and in our lives, together with how it can be used as a tool, to develop and troubleshoot your creative work – whether that’s sound, lighting, directing, writing or performing.
We will explore creativity, understanding more about it as a process that we can work with. We also look at what it is to be an artist today. Over the last ten years, we have seen a huge shift not only in what artists are seeking to communicate but also how we are seeking to communicate it as we respond creatively to the changing world around us.
This specialisation is taught through a mixture of lecture, reflective group discussion, creative group work, and practical work. As a student, you must be prepared to engage with theatre and performing arts on a practical as well as a theoretical level by means of artistic, written and oral communication. Collaboration is also very important to this specialisation.
We will use a variety of methodologies across the course, with central focusses being on systems theory, neuroscientific research into the brain as a top-down predictive model and how creativity works.
The module is divided into six units, which together create a topography of story. They will be explored through a mixture of lectures, practical workshops, laboratories, and small group work. You will carry out creative-critical-reflective narrative research on your own practice throughout, undertaken individually and with the support of small group sessions and work in pairs, together with individual tutorials, towards a presentation as part of the final unit.
- UNIT ONE: LOOKING IN - Stories We Tell Ourselves (inner narratives)
- UNIT TWO: LOOKING OUT - Stories We Are Told (societal narratives)
- UNIT THREE: LOOKING BACK - Stories We Know (cultural narratives)
- UNIT FOUR: LOOKING AROUND - Stories We Share (familial and community narratives)
- UNIT FIVE: LOOKING FORWARD - Stories to Guide Us (narratives for the future)
- UNIT SIX: FINDING OUR PLACE - Mapping Story (the co-creation of narrative)
This specialisation builds on the artistic practice of Sarah Woods, together with research conducted at the Danish National School of Performing Arts, specifically the artistic research laboratory The Topography of Story.
The specialisation in Creating Practice provides you with an introduction to a range of theories and methodologies that will enable you to engage with and reflect on your creative practice. You will also develop a good understanding of how story works – in the world and as a creative form. The methodologies you experience will enable you to evaluate and articulate the role of story in society, at individual, local and global levels. You will be able to use story as a tool to understand and develop your creative practice.