Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Performance Skills 1: Training

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will enable students to acquire foundational skills in performing as the basis for practical work later in the programme, where they will both apply and develop these skills. Through practical work and demonstrations, this study-unit will highlight the praxis of concepts which students are exposed to in the theory and history courses, including (1) the generation and management of energy, (2) basics of tempo-rhythm and spatial balance, (3) textures and dynamics of physical action, (4) intentions, and (5) images. The study-unit also aims to create an awareness of the benefits of continuous training in performance practice.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
- Equip students with tools for training voice and body;
- Offer a foundational, practice-based study of performer training;
- Facilitate student understanding of different acting approaches in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries;
- Provide specialist knowledge in the context of training for ‘physical theatre’;
- Make dynamic links between history, theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Warm up and prepare the voice and body as foundations for performance;
- Demonstrate an understanding of and reflect on how the body and voice might operate as elementary ‘tools’ for different modes of performance;
- Have basic insight into anatomical aspects of the performing body, and training techniques related to these;
- Demonstrate an understanding of how performance energy, focus, engagement, concentration and projection can be enhanced through training;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the wider ethical, cultural, and historical dimensions of such body-based work.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Warm up in safe and appropriate ways and developed technical skills relating to voice and body;
- Reflect technically and articulate on a foundational level in practice and in writing on one’s own process;
- Work in groups on practical tasks;
- Identify basic health and safety and ethical issues in body-based work.

Main Text/s:

- E. Barba and N. Savarese, The Secret Art of the Performer - Second Edition (London: Routledge, 2006)
- A. Hodge, ed., Actor Training - Second edition (London: Routledge, 2010)

Supplementary readings:

- C. Berry, Voice and the Actor (London: Virgin, 1989)
- S. Murray and J. Keefe, Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader (London: Routledge, 2007)
- A. Dennis, The Articulate Body: The Physical Training of the Actor (London: Nick Hern Books, 2002)
- J. Lecoq, The Theatre of Movement and Gesture (London: Routledge, 2006)
- P. Rodenburg, The Right to Speak (London: Methuen, 1992).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Venue - Gateway Studio (On Campus)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practicum

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Essay SEM1 Yes 40%
Classwork SEM1 No 60%

LECTURER/S Judita Vivas
Stefan Aquilina

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