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Conference Paper


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Performing arts studies

Publication Details

Paper presented at Higher Education in Transformation Conference, Dublin, 31st. May - 1st. April, 2015.


Between September 2013 and January 2014, students and staff of the Technological University Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama and DIT Dublin School of Creative Arts collaborated on the creation of an opera production which was presented at the National Concert Hall on Jan 23rd. The project was implemented within the modular framework from both colleges. The collaboration was both multi and inter-disciplinary and the students engaged at a professional level, working under staff supervision and in tandem with personnel and resources outside the college environment. The performers were required to audition for their roles and the teams of design students had to prepare and present a 'pitch' for their concept to be selected. These same design students also took responsibility for the set construction, while the entire cohort had to respond to the logistical and artistic challenges of taking the production into a major venue on the day of performance and being ready to begin in a significantly limited period of time. The delivery of a public performance in a high profile venue meant that the project culminated in full exposure of public scrutiny, and consequently demanded the skills, intelligence, energy and commitment of all involved. This presentation will focus on the collaboration as a relevant case-study, exemplifying a modular-based inter-disciplinary project within the College of Arts and Tourism. It will provide an evaluation of the insights, strengths and benefits gained by all who participated. It will also provide an honest discourse on the requirements, resources and challenges such an undertaking demands, particularly with reference to establishing professional demands within an educational context. With reference to future implementation of other synergies, the presentation will provide recommendations as to how these can be realistically and sufficiently facilitated through creative and flexible programme development.