15 credits at level HE4
This is predominately a skills based module providing a practical exploration of physical approaches to theatrical performance. The learners will investigate a range of physical techniques through workshop participation and the study of the works of contemporary practitioners. They will apply these skills and knowledge to devise a physical performance project.
1 Physical approaches and techniques
Individual skills: character, rhythm, control, balance, focus, response, travelling, dynamics, fluency, motif, mime, strength, stamina, definition, movement accuracy, physical and mental commitment.
Contact work: balance, counter-balance, lifts, catches, trust
Group work: the physical ensemble, choral movement placement in space, timing, group rhythms, tableaux, interaction, movement dynamic, voice and movement, physical expression of sound and words, physical comedy.
2 Contact improvisation
Exploration: pairs/trio/small groups, using stimulus, spontaneous, structured, use of music to determine mood, use of props, in character, personal and general space
Development: applying direction
3 Physical performance project
Selecting material: stimulus for devising, text, research, sound, observation, video, music, and voice
Application of skills: selection of technique, devising process, adapting taught exercises, creating original material
Performance: space, timing, confidence, body control, cohesion, group dynamic, individual role, dramatic effectiveness, style, originality
4 Contemporary practitioners
Total theatre: e.g. Steven Berkoff, Volcano Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly, Kaos Theatre Company
Lecoq based work: e.g. Trestle Theatre Company, The Right Size, John Wright Company,
Hoipoloi Theatre Company, recent work by Theatre de Complicite
Dance-Theatre work: e.g. DV8, V-tol, Erzatz, The Charnock Company, Edwards and Watton, Yolande Snaith
This module is predominantly practical as learners explore physical theatre techniques and contact improvisation. They should be allowed plenty of time to experiment with this and given the chance to develop exploratory material. The module will culminate in a project, which will provide the opportunity to demonstrate skills, knowledge and experience in a creative way. The study of contemporary practitioners should be taught alongside the practical work, so it is constantly informing their own work.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Investigate a range of
physical approaches and
• contribute effectively to physical workshops
• respond appropriately to physical theatre exercises and develop exercises to meet the needs of the performance context
|2.||Explore the potential of
contact improvisation as a
way to devise material
• work with others in a spontaneous physical way
• use a variety of stimuli as a starting point for improvisation
|3.|| Apply appropriate skills and
knowledge to a physical
• select and adapt physical techniques to meet the needs of the performance and contribute effectively to the devising and performance process
• demonstrate an understanding of contemporary practices through performance
|4.||Analyse and place in context the work of contemporary practitioners||
• analyse contemporary developments within the field of physical theatre
• recognise the role of physical performance in the context of theatre practice
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Rehearsal process||Performance||Portofolio - research, 1000 word report|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Callery, D. (2001) Through the Body: A Practical Guide to Physical Theatre. London: Nick Hern
Dennis, A. (2002) The Articulate Body: The Physical Training of the Actor. London: Nick Hern
Murray, S., Keefe J. (2007) Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge
Wrigh,t J. (2006) Why is that so Funny? A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy. London: Nick Hern
2006 DV8 The Cost of Living
|Host Subject Group:||Theatre and Film Studies|
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