Movement II

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
02 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

The module consists of two units: Movement and Dance. The second year of Movement training is about deepening movement vocabulary and physical potential. You will learn to expand your range of physical choices
in a variety of theatrical styles. Psycho-physical movement training becomes more specific and precise and this work continues alongside spontaneous body exploration. Alignment work is re-emphasised and applied to both acting challenges and movement improvisations.

The movement unit of this module is intended to develop appropriate levels of physical, emotional and imaginative agility and stamina in students. It is designed to encourage students to develop good movement practices, empowering them to look after their bodies and to sustain body alignment. By the end of the module
students will have developed a working technique for physical characterisation.

The Dance unit is an investigation into dance historically and socially. You will look at the physical relationship between the economic and sociological climate of the day and its effects on dance style with the objective of integrating the investigation into an actor's process.

Module aims

To encourage students to:
- Sustain an appropriate level of physical, emotional and imaginative fitness
- Work the ‘technical/spontaneous body’ with precision and organicity
- Eliminate blocks and challenges of physical weakness in the body
- Expand movement vocabulary in relation to a range of character choices and theatrical styles
- Take on the choreography and style of a range of historical periods
- Be able to repeat accurately the work with all its nuances
- Investigate sociological, historical and cultural effects on dance
- Invest work with an inner life and apply research to the physical realisation of the dance
- Engage in an actor’s process

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate advanced awareness of and ability to put into practice in performance:
- Class Etiquette: attending and arriving for class in a timely manner with the body and mind in a state of readiness to work. This includes dress code.
- Ensemble: working well with peers by contributing both physical and creative ideas to group work and discussions. In collaborative work able to both lead and follow.
- Alignment: working towards a physicality that is free of excess muscular tensions and imbalances. Centred with core stability and ease in alignment..
- Dynamics: able to adapt and take on other forms and qualities of movement, styles, rhythms, efforts, use of space etc. Showing variety in personal qualitative range.
- Body confidence: Brave and willing to take the space with a fully-energised presence. Confident in the use of own body.
- Creativity: using the body as an extension of the imagination rigorously, inventively and with originality in the development of an idea.
- Inner Life: connecting the physical to the emotional, is able to reveal own or character’s interior life through body language.
- Physical Memory: able to repeat both choreography, set physical actions and mentally scored sequences with both precision and connection.
- Self-assessment: understanding where personal growth is needed and demonstrating willingness to take risks in class to overcome personal blocks.
- Integration of skills: taking personal ownership of work, demonstrating ability to integrate movement/physicality into assessments, acting and performance. Developing own intelligent movement-based process enabling creation of whatever is physically required by any director or choreographer and in
any given creative process.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students work with movement tutors in small group practical classes Normally 4 hours of movement classes per week except during acting priority weeks Learning also takes place in workshops, presentations and tutorials Verbal feedback is given throughout in class and at the end of each term in group session Students receive termly formative assessment in written reports with tutors' comments Students are expected to work on movement in independent study.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Continuous Assessment     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Marcin Rudy, email: mrudy@essex.ac.uk.
Marcin Rudy and staff
For further information email tcollier@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mr Anthony Richard Clark
Prof Robert Gordon
Goldsmiths University
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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