Physical Theatre: Exploring the Slap

FutureLearn Physical Theatre: Exploring the Slap

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
University of Leeds
Effort
2 hours/week
Length
2 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
This course introduces you to world-renowned Russian director Meyerhold’s technique of biomechanics. It invites you to study and experience first-hand his revolutionary biomechanical étude, ‘The Slap’.

Through a mixture of video, animation, discussion forums and practical exercises you will begin to understand Meyerhold’s Russian actor training technique – a two-minute repeatable exercise used to develop balance, awareness and expression. You will be invited to explore your own response to this unique approach to training and will share these responses with your fellow learners.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

What topics will you cover?
  • Meyerhold and the Russian Revolution: why biomechanics was invented and why he felt it was necessary
  • Exploring ‘the Slap’ through biomechanical training exercises known as études
  • Meyerhold in action: working safely by preparing using warm up techniques
  • ‘The Slap’ in action: techniques for the ‘shake and shake’, ‘slap and taking aim’, and ‘the slap and return to neutral’
  • Production of a video, image or prose demonstrating actions from the études

Taught by
Jonathan Pitches
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FutureLearn
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