Movement for the Stage

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Movement for the Stage

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Laban’s movement analysis. Eukinetics, the analysis of movement of the performers as well as Choreutics, the analysis of movement in relation to the scenic space. The role of movement in establishing dramaturgy. Dynamics of the movement of all aspects of stage: performer, props, scenography.

    RATIONALE: 
    Laban’s method for movement analysis provides a recognised tool to explore the ‘body’ as a medium of expression in performance. It provides a language to articulate kinetic experience into a linguistic form that is able to be documented, analysed and reflected upon. The methodology promotes an understanding of movement in all its scenic dimensions- performance, space, text and its effect on establishing and supporting a work’s dramaturgy.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Identify the different types of human motion and their expressive potential.
    2. Develop an understanding of the main factors of movement and how they can be manipulated on stage to create varied dynamics.
    3. Apply a range of combinations of movement factors and their manner of spatial materialization (concrete and virtual) in order to create a physical dramaturgy.
    4. Discuss and evaluate their performance and that of others utilizing relevant terminology effectively.
    5. Apply a system of notation to document movement.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of exercises, lectures, and problem solving sessions, presentations of course-work and group discussions.
    - Students will keep a journal of out-of-class movement investigations
    - Screening of theatre and dance performances
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions and go over lecture and reading material.
    - Use of a blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.