A performance convention is a significant and identifiable element of performance (body and/or voice) that is usually culturally recognized, accepted and identified as a key feature of the theatre tradition. Performance conventions have a particular function within a tradition and are a key feature of communication to the audience. Many conventions are unique to their theatre tradition, although some may appear in similar form but with significant variations in other world theatre practices.
These are examples of traditional conventions, but this is not a complete list. You may select any other convention, but you must ensure the convention is centered on the performer's use of their body, voice or manipulation of an object that is specific to that tradition.
|Gesture of thanks
|Coming of age
|Attending a performance
You are asked to select one convention to focus on.
Your research into the convention will be largely bundled in your research into the whole tradition and the cultural context behind it. The tradition and context themselves may provide you with reasons or causes (explanations) for the existence of your chosen convention. Ensure that the convention you have selected to focus on in this project is going to be centered on your use of body, voice or manipulation of tradition-specific objects. Like with the whole tradition section, focus on what makes your convention specific to that time and place.
Clearly state which one convention you have chosen to focus on. If there are more, or it is ambiguous, the examiner will mark you on the first one mentioned, which may not be your strongest.
QUESTION: What does the research tell us about how this tradition and convention appears and behaves, and why?