Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0453 (AF:331700 AR:190378)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Term
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This course is part of two Programs: the first is the Master Degree Program in History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage, aiming at providing a well- rounded education with in-depth knowledge of artistic phenomena. The second is the Master Degree Program in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities (EGArt) that provides an understanding of the dynamics and complexities of the creative industries.
The course provides depth knowledge of contemporary dance and performance art, as much as of the workings of the various models of their production and reception.
Students will be able to situate contemporary dance pieces and performances in the wider context of arts and cultural heritage. They will also be able to apply some key concepts of the arts management to these fields. During the course, they will learn how to critically approach a dance piece and a performance, how to take notes both from the lessons and from the referral texts to fix the main concepts and develop their analysis and synthesis skills. Finally, students will be able to consciously use specialist vocabulary. The written exam will give students the opportunity to verify the knowledge they have acquired and their ability to contextualize it by relating it to what they have learned throughout the entire curriculum.
An advanced knowledge of written English is required to understand some of the required texts and excerpts from the dance shows examined in class.
The course presents a selection of 20th- and 21st-century choreographic works and performances that are directly or indirectly linked to the construction, representation, and reception of the body, and gender, ethnic, national, and religious identities. Students will be confronted with a wide range of theatrical theories and performance practices starting from a selection of video-recordings of theatre shows to analyze different genres, production processes and the mechanisms that regulate the reception of the audience. The specific terminology needed to understand the texts under scrutiny will be introduced and examined in class. Some lessons will be dedicated to the programming of contemporary dance and performance art in museums and art galleries with particular reference to the project supported by Creative Europe "Dancing Museums. The Democracy of Beings" (2018-2021) coordinated at Ca' Foscari by Susanne Franco. For students unable to attend, the program is the same but a meeting with the professor is strongly recommended to discuss the referral texts and to understand how to prepare for the final paper.
C. Wood, Performance in Contemporary Art, London, Tate Publishing, 2018.

L. Vergine, L'arte in trincea. Lessico delle tendenze artistiche 1960-1990, Milano, Skira, 1996.

S. Franco e G. Giannachi (eds), Moving Spaces. Enacting Dance, Performance, and the Digital in the Museum, Edizioni Ca' Foscari, Venezia, 2021 (open access)

A selection of essays and videos is suggested on moodle (the password will be provided via email by Prof. Franco).
Students can decide which final exam they prefer:

1) to write a paper on a topic and based on a selected bibliography agreed upon with the professor. The paper must be of about 15 pages (corresponding to about 30,000 characters including spaces) and must be sent in word format in an intermediate form (with the complete bibliography and an outline of the structure) about 10 days before the call to be approved by the professor. Students need to send via email the final version one week before the exam. In order to write the paper, the student must have read the file "Norme per la stesura della tesina" (norms for the writing of the thesis) available on the e-learning platform of the University ( related to the course.
The paper will be presented and discussed at the oral exam (about 15/20 minutes).


2) a written exam in OPEN BOOK lasting for 2 hours and based on 2 questions. To pass the exam students must answer both questions with 5000 characters spaces included and make reference to the bibliography and the list of video in moodle.
Lectures including the screening of videos and commented powerpoints. The course is linked to an e-learning platform ( where students can find information about texts and videos discussed in class (the password will be provided via email by Prof. Franco).
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 31/10/2021