Course

Advanced Problems in Stage Movement

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Theatre
Course Code
THEA 1271
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
22
Method(s) Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Typically Offered
Winter

Overview

Course Description
This course is a practical workshop in movement for the actor. It continues the exploration and development of the body as an instrument for theatrical creativity and interpretation. A greater understanding of character physicalization in relation to acting is emphasized. Work in dance techniques and stylized movement is also included.
Course Content
  1. Body Awareness and Exploration
    Alignment; centering; breath; physical conditioning; disciplined warm-up regimen; greater emotional connection to movement; more powerful and relaxed vocal connection to movement.
  2. Movement Techniques
    Movement Concepts; Yoga; Abstract and Symbolic Movement; Laban; Feldenkrais; Alexander Technique; Contact Improv; Stage Fighting.
  3. Character Development Through Physicalization
    Laban Character exploration; environmental character studies; improvisation; self story and embellishment; scene study work.
  4. Dance Technique
    Introduction of a dance technique such as ballet, modern, jazz, folk, tap.
  5. The Actor’s Body on Stage
    Relaxation; presence; energy; tasking; different spaces, different truths; styles of movement.
Learning Activities
  1. Lectures to illustrate physiology and the philosophy behind physical and vocal impulse.
  2. Lectures to illustrate movement and dance techniques.
  3. Lectures to encourage interesting character exploration and the sources available to the actor.
  4. Introduction of additional warm-up exercises to encourage good physical preparation.
  5. Practical application of acquired body techniques to text including poems, plays, self story, film scripts, prose, songs and choreographed pieces.
  6. Discussion of material and presentations in a manner that encourages constructive criticism.
  7. Video and audio tapings of rehearsals, exercises and performances in order to allow the student the opportunity for self-observation, analysis, and evaluation.
  8. Public performances of selected projects to ensure the body techniques are efficiently and effectively maintained under the pressure of audience observation.
Means of Assessment

Attendance (10%)
Attendance and punctuality is mandatory in this course. Therefore, the following penalties will apply: 3% of the final mark lost per missed class and .5% lost per late class.

Written Journal or Paper (10%)
My Voice/Body:  A Year’s Journey (or other appropriate topic as determined by the instructor).

Attitude/ Participation/ Progress (10%)
Students are expected to approach their work in a mature, professional manner. Promptness, out-of-class preparation, and consideration for others will be reflected in this mark.

Students are expected to participate fully in all aspects of the class work.

Students will be assessed on an ongoing basis according to level of commitment and dedication to the process of class work and practical application of techniques and levels of awareness.

Presented Work (60%)
Students will be assessed on their individual progress towards achieving course objectives and completing assignments with regard to presented work.

  • 2 assignments x 15%
  • 3 assignments x 10%
  • 1 assignment x 5%
  • or other appropriate breakdown as determined by the instructor.

Written Exam  (10%)
An Exam will be given towards the end of term on theory and related term discussions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student should:

  1. Design his/her own personal warm-up regime
  2. Understand the technique of various new movement methods for use in character development as related to acting
  3. Continue to expand his/her movement vocabulary
  4. Continue to develop a greater kinesthetic sense
  5. Develop, explore and acquire a vocabulary in dance/movement techniques.
Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.

Example:

  • Appropriate Studio attire (see handout provided)
  • Personal Yoga mat
  • Knee pads and elbow pads

Requisites

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

Institution Transfer Details for THEA 1271
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG THEA 1171 (3) & DOUG THEA 1271 (3) = SFU CA 1XX (3) & SFU CA 3XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU THTR 2XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) DOUG THEA 1211 (3) & DOUG THEA 1271 (3) = TWU THTR 275 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV THEA 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC THEA 2XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
CRN
12220
Tue Thu
Start Date
-
End Date
Start Date
End Date
Instructor Last Name
TBA
Instructor First Name
(Faculty)
Course Status
Open
Section Notes

This course is restricted to students in the Theatre Diploma program only.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
Max Seats Count
22
Actual Seats Count
8
14
Actual Wait Count
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue Thu
Building
New Westminster - North Bldg.
Room
N4140
Start Time
10:00
-
End Time
12:50