Performing Arts I

Course Code: 
ARTM 233
Course Period: 
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Course Objectives: 
The aim of the course is to give extensive knowledge to Art Management students relevant to Performing Arts and Performance Art basic concepts. Within this context; as well as historical adventure in the field, students will be oriented to the varied nature of Performance art from the beginning until the first decade of twentieth century.
Course Content: 

1) Definition of performing arts.

2) Drama as it relates to the performing arts.

3) The functions of drama in societies.

4) History of Performance art

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 4: Case Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Assignment C: Performance

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Provide knowledge of performance arts in a historical order as well as focusing on specific cases. 1,2,3,4 1, 2, 3, 4 A, B, C
2) Demonstrate aesthetic valuing through analysis and judgement about works of performance art. , , , , , , , ,
3) Identify and understand historical, multicultural and social contexts for an artifact as they pertain to significant periods, styles and genres. , , , , , , , ,
4) Interpret a variety of performance, recognizing and evaluating historical and contemporary works and identifying possible meanings. , , , , , , , ,


Course Flow

Week Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction to the class and going over the syllabus  
2 Basic concepts of performance art and introduction to the history of Performance Art  
3 New approaches in 19. Century:
  • Richard Wagner and Gesamkunstwerk
  • Innovations in scene: Adophe Appia and Gordon Craig
4 Emerging importance of stage director:
  • Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
  • Konstantin Stanislavsky and Moscova Art Theatre
5 Meyerhold and Biomechanics  
6 Max Reinhardt and his approach to stage arts  
7 Historical avant-garde in performance art I:

Futurism (Italian and Russian)

9 Historical avant-garde in performance art II:

Expressionism and French artists

10 Historical avant-garde in performance art III:

Dada, surrealism

11 Bauhaus Art school and Triadic ballet  
12 Political Theatre I:

- E. Piscator and Agit Prop performances

- B. Brecht and Epic theatre

  • Grotowsky and Poor Theatre
  • Barba and Barter Theatre
  • Antonin Artaud and Violence Theatre and his influence on Performance art
14 Performance Art, its first examples and historical background.  


Recommended Sources

Course Grade 1. Performance Art, Rose Lee Goldberg,  New York: Times Mirror Books, 1979.

2. Dünden Bugüne Tiyatro Düşüncesi, Sevda Şener. Istanbul: Adam Yayınları, 1982 (İlk basım).

3. Yirminci Yüzyılda Öncü Tiyatro, Ayşın Candan. İstanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 1994. (Bu kitabın yeni ve genişletilmiş bir baskısı: Öncü Tiyatro ve Dijital Çağda Gösterim, İstanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, (genişletilmiş ikinci baskı) 2013.

4. Performance Studies, Richard Schechner, New York: Routledge, 2013.



Material Sharing




Mid-term Exam 1 30
Presentations and assignments 2 20
Final Exam 1 50
Total   100
Total   100



COURSE CATEGORY Expertise/Field Courses


Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To have interdisciplinary viewpoint in fields of Art management and art, have knowledge of concept and terms.         x
2 Movement, artists, their style, used materials; have knowledge about the subject and technical characteristics.         x
3 Have knowledge about players of culture sector.         x
4 Defines and executes the relation between art, work of art, artist, audience, critic and collector.       x  
5 Have basic knowledge of business administration and relate with art management.     x    
6 Is aware of team work and play an active role in Art Institutions regarding art management, curator/curatorship, and other organizational topics.         x
7 Have knowledge about the employee in art institutions (the ones who are employed in gallery, museum, art institutions and festival organizations) regarding their tasks and problems and issues they may face. As a manager have a key role about relations between them.         x
8 Follows up work of arts produced and displayed in local and international platforms. Is open to new ideas and may apply these to its own field and projects.         x  
9 Recognizes basic issues regarding his/her field and have knowledge about current solutions required in order to solve them.         x
10 Has the nature of generating new projects within the context of time and place. Receives tangible outcomes by performing collective planning and application.         x
11 Evaluates new evolutions and formations directed towards art producing and configures them in cultural and economic sense.       x  
12 Have basic knowledge of presentation and public relations and uses this information.       x  
13 Have knowledge about methodology, documentation and archiving.        x  
14 Have knowledge about the shape, content and legal sanctions of written contract and agreements in the field of cultural industry.         x
15 Have knowledge about authors royalties, sales incomes, calculation methods of the budget and budget deficit.         x



Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 14x Total course hours) 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 6 84
Mid-term 1 3 3
Presentation 1 6 6
Assignment 3 3 9
Final examination 1 3 3
Total Work Load     147
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     5,88
ECTS Credit of the Course     6