LIT253 : Sites of Performance

Convener(s): Dr Rachel Zerihan


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module offers an in-depth critical exploration of and wide-ranging practical experiment with Sites of Performance. Introducing you to a range of sites, locations and places in which performances take place, this seminar-workshop module investigates how place matters in performance and how place engages the environments in which it takes place. It will provide you with practical skills with which to develop performance projects in a range of social and environmental contexts. Engaging with the city in which we live, you are encouraged to look at the geography of the city, to consider its history as impetus for devising performance. You will explore a range of performance practices and critical approaches that explore place including site-specific, interventionist, environmental, activist and consider how analysing places of performance might prompt important questions about history, politics and society. In this course, you are encouraged to consider the politics attached to sites of performance and reflect critically on the ways in which performance is a means through which places are made and remade.


You will contribute to a series of seminar-workshops designed to introduce you to the aims and intended outcomes of the module. The sessions will contain equal parts of critical reading, reflection and discussion as well as explorative and experiential practice. Video, sound recordings as well as online performance showings may be used as stimulus. Where appropriate, students will be expected to attend performances, festivals or other external events such as talks or symposia.


This module is equally weighted between critical learning and practical work. The assessment is broken down into 1 x 1,500word essay (50%) and 1 x Practical Essay and Supporting Documentation (50%).

Contact Details

Dr Rachel Zerihan

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:24 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK