Circus in a Suitcase
East 15 Acting School
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
31 March 2021
Requisites for this module
BA W494 Acting and Physical Theatre
TThis second year module for the BA Physical Theatre introduces students to the broad range of circus skills needed to create circus. It provides an individual performance focus and encourages development of individual performance ability in a particular skill such as aerials, juggling, clowning or stilt-walking. The course delivers physical conditioning for circus skills and development of acrobatic skills.
Circus is a predominantly specialist discipline in which the focus is on skills and virtuoso performance. Students build on their understanding of, and experience in a variety of circus skills, and work toward a professional level of expertise in their individual circus discipline such as corde lisse, bungy, trapeze, juggling, or clowning. This unit also further develops acrobatic balancing and tumbling to a professional level.
By the end of the module students will have developed and experienced a range of advanced circus skills, an individual creative performance focus in a discipline such as corde lisse, bungy, trapeze, juggling, or clowning and advanced acrobatic balancing and tumbling skills.
The work of the module also includes an element of street theatre training which aims to integrate and apply elements of mask, clowning skills and commedia and thus provides students with opportunities to put into practice a wide range of the skills they have learned in the first year of the course.
- To introduce students to the broad range of skills needed to create circus.
- Development of individual performance ability in a particular circus skill
- To encourage students to undergo physical conditioning
- To work towards a professional level of expertise in a range of circus skills.
- To create solo and ensemble performance projects for public performance.
- Introduction to basic acrobatics. Perform using basic acrobatic groundwork and balances
- Introduction to groundwork and balances
- Exploration of the use of capoeira, adding feints, subterfuge and choreography to create fluid acrobatic performance
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
- Work as individuals and as a part of a team
- Demonstrate an awareness of the safety practices required for execution of circus routines
- Perform using advanced technique in an individual circus discipline
- Demonstrate advanced circus skills in an ensemble performance
- Demonstrate competent management of safety practices required for the execution of circus performances.
- Demonstrate an understanding of spatial awareness in relation to others
- Perform using basic acrobatic groundwork and balances
No additional information available.
Circus studio training, independent study, screenings, rehearsal.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Simon Hunt, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simon Hunt and staff
01702 32 8319
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