THE INTEGRATED BODY 1 - 2018/9

Module code: ACTM016

Module Overview

This module is designed to appreciate and explore the vocal and physical demands placed on the performer in any given space. It is founded upon a commitment to the integration of the vocal physical techniques necessary for work in the theatre and for recorded media. 

The movement classes range from general warm-up classes designed to increase strength and flexibility, to technique classes in social and historical dance. The Movement for Actor’s class is designed to centre and ground the body, to enhance the understanding of neutrality and expressivity and to consider the body as an expressive instrument of the mind. 

 

The work in voice is founded upon a commitment to the integration of the physical and vocal techniques necessary for work in the theatre and for recorded media.  Designated texts (sonnets, poetry, political speeches and accent monologue other than own) will be explored and performed. The classes are practical and are heavily biased towards learning and training through ‘doing, reflecting, understanding and adapting’.  Relevant vocal anatomy and physiology, as well as phonetics, communication psychology and the use of the whole body, underscore the work. 

 

Laban classes provide the opportunity to integrate vocal and physical work with efforts, and are designed to complement the work explored on rehearsal projects for Contextual Practice 1.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WARD BJ Miss (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W410

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Enrolment on all other Semester 1 modules in Programme: Contextual Practice 1, Acting 1, Industry Practice 1

Module content

Dedicated classes in movement begin from the premise that nothing happens in the body that has not first arisen in the mind.  At the start of the year each part of the anatomy is visited by an exercise entailing extension and release, each instruction having its rationale explained and discussed. Classes in Laban technique explore (but are not limited to) practical experiments with the Efforts applied to movement in the first instance, progressing to a consideration of the same in vocal work, using these elements in combination as the basis for vocal and physical characterisation with reference to the work in ongoing rehearsal projects.

 

Voice work is delivered via three separate classes; Primitive Voice, Voice and Text, and Speech and Accent. 

Primitive Voice explores, develops and brings together all elements of the voice, including posture and breathing, resonance, range, expression, and articulation.

 

Speech and Accent sets out to explore, awareness of speech, speech sound and speech physicality, via practical exercises, recordings, written materials and analysis of one’s own and other people’s voices.  Students learn about phonetics and the relationships between phonetic notation, speech sounds and speech physicality.

 

Voice and Text classes require students to select, learn, experience and speak texts such as satirical prose from letters or essay, or sonnets, for training and assessment purposes.  Developing the ability to respond flexibility and expressively to varying text forms is a key requirement of the module.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment LABAN CLASSROOM EXERCISES 50
Practical based assessment SPOKEN MONOLOGUE 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


1. An ability to occupy space with a fully energised vocal presence and body confidence (T,P)
2. An ability to adapt and take on other forms and qualities of vocal and somatic styles and rhythms (K,P)
3. A secure and systematic personal technique in voice and movement (C,K,T,P)
4. The ability to imprint the voice and body safely and and effectively in a range of performance spaces and performance conditions (C, K,T,P)

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Unit 1: Movement classroom exercises (Practical) : this addresses 1, 2,3 and 4, above (50% - assessed in Week 11)
Unit 2: Spoken Monologue (Practical): this addresses 1, 2, 3 and 4, above (50% - assessed in Week 13)

Formative assessment and feedback is provided in Week 7, and on a continuous basis in response to classroom exercises

Module aims

  • To heighten awareness of vocal and somatic elements of expression
  • To develop the capability for sophisticated vocal and physical expression
  • To examine the factors indicative of and conducive to effective vocal and physical practice
  • To develop students' awareness of the demands placed on the voice and body by a variety of texts

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 An ability to occupy space with a fully energised vocal presence and body confidence PT
002 An ability to adapt and take on other forms and qualities of movement, styles and rhythms KP
003 A secure and systematic personal technique in voice and movement KCPT
004 The ability to imprint the voice and body safely and and effectively in a range of performance spaces and performance conditions KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 112

Independent Study Hours: 38

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Group workshops and seminars

Individual tutorials

Lectures and masterclasses

 

 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for THE INTEGRATED BODY 1 : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/actm016

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Acting MA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Acting MFA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.