Comedia Dell' Arte and Improvised Theatre
East 15 Acting School
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 20 April 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
02 April 2019
Requisites for this module
BA W441 Acting and Contemporary Theatre
This first year BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre module takes place in Term Three and is a unique and defining element of the East 15 Acting and contemporary Theatre training. It provides students with opportunities to work and experiment in an environment that demands spontaneity and immediate response to events. It also provides an in-depth familiarity with improvised theatre both in its historical context and its contemporary practices. Students will develop the performance mental, intellectual and physical skills necessary
to engage with their audiences.
You will learn how to create a highly entertaining piece of theatre that is also spontaneous and therefore highly unpredictable in theatrical terms. As well as producing self-authored performance material, you may create musical or sound composition and original choreography in your work. The module is placed at the very end of the first year of study in order to prepare you for Year Two.
- To consolidate methods in improvisation and characterisation
- To familiarise students with Comedia Dell’Arte and masked work
- To familiarise students with contemporary improvised theatre
- To widen students’ understanding of the role of Comedia Dell’Arte in current forms of improvised theatre
- To widen students’ understanding of the role of Comedia Dell’Arte in current commercial theatre
- To widen students’ understanding of the role of Comedia Dell’Arte in current forms of devised theatre
- To deepen students’ understanding of human behaviour and roles in life
- To reinforce students’ ability to work creatively as part of an ensemble
- To develop students’ ability to adapt promptly and spontaneously without pre-empting outcomes
- To develop students’ ability to adapt promptly and spontaneously without the guides of pre-existing script
By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate:
- Professional potential; range, focus and presence in improvised work
- Commitment; energy, positive attitude, personal creative contribution
- Creative response to task and opportunity
- Flexibility and sensitivity to change; responsiveness to others and to direction
- Ensemble acting; adaptability, generosity, awareness of relationships
- Objective self-assessment; awareness of own strengths and weaknesses as an actor, ability to accept criticism and act upon it
- Application of research to practice
- Textual comprehension; understanding of link between traditional theatre forms and contemporary practice
- Creative repetition; concentration, synthesis of technique, individuality, consistency.
No additional information available.
- Students work in small group practical classes
- Student will experience an in-depth form of improvised theatre such as Comedia Dell'Arte and Theatre Sports
- Student will experience an in-depth form of outdoor theatre
- Learning also takes place in lectures, workshops and presentations.
- Independent research
- At the end of the project students will receive verbal tutor feedback in a group session.
- Students will also be given individual report cards at the end of Term Three containing formative feedback and written comments.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Uri Roodner and staff
East 15 Acting School
No external examiner information available for this module.
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No lecture recording information available for this module.
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