Module code: DAN2037

Module Overview

This module explores movement by significant twentieth and twenty-first century dance and
theatre practitioners. The practical workshop explores key movement principles across physical
theatre, mime, improvisation and contemporary dance to develop original performance and
choreographic work in the light of contemporary theoretical, socio-political and historical
approaches to movement for actors and dancers. The workshop and group project provide an
opportunity for students to critically examine not only the practical approaches to movement
across dance and theatre but also interrogate their socio-political meaning across diverse
performance contexts.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

RYAN Rosemarie (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W500

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Historical and contextual study of various modes of movement for actors and dancers (Halprin, Schechner, Grotowski, Lecoq, Bausch)

  • Practical exploration of modes of movement direction – observation technique, re-creation and creative movement writing

  • Critical modes of analysing human movement and embodiment in different performance contexts

  • Movement approaches to creative and pedagogic learning as part of hybrid creative processes and diverse performance making

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Essay (2000 WORDS) 50
Practical based assessment Group Performance 50

Alternative Assessment

Portfolio (equivalent 3000 words)

Assessment Strategy

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

  • embodied knowledge of the subject, whereby students will be given practical tasks in class and as preparation for follow-up sessions to prepare their group performance and final essay to demonstrate their understanding of the integration of practice and theory of movement analysis as a professional tool for choreography, movement direction and performance.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Group Performance (50%) (Week 12)

  • Written Assessment (Essay 2000 words) (50%) (Week 14)

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 12 &14

Module aims

  • To provide students with an in-depth knowledge of movement practice through the exploration of several key movement
    practitioners across dance and theatre
  • To provide a context for the practical exploration and critical study of current movement practices (dance, physical theatre,
    choreography, movement direction).
  • To develop modes of application and ways of utilising movement in producing creative works.
  • To analyse movement in self and others across a broad range of contemporary performance practices and theories

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Choreograph/score/ direct movement developed from an informed understanding of movement practices based in dance and physical theatre framework/s. KCPT
002 Co-operate as part of a group in the practical workshop investigation of movement in hybrid performance contexts. KCPT
003 Demonstrate an ability to reflect on subject knowledge in written and oral form KCPT
004 Ability to make independent use of key tools and technologies introduced throughout this module. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 84

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • To achieve an integration of practical and theoretical understandings of movement for dancers and actors as a central aspect of their choreographic/ movement directing skills and tools for performance analysis and creative process.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Movement Workshop (2x11 weeks)

  • Surreylearn

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.

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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 2020/1 academic year.