PERF06112 2019 Voice and Movement 2

General Details

Full Title
Voice and Movement 2
Transcript Title
Voice and Movement 2
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - 0215 Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Drohan, Niall Colleary, Rhona Trench, Bernie Meehan, Agnes Pallai, Marketa Formanova
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_GPERS_S06 202400 Certificate in Personal and Vocational Development

This is a practical voice and movement module aimed at increasing physical, spatial and vocal awareness and grounded in the ongoing development of the student through technical exercises aimed at developing professional skills in voice and movement. Students will be expected to develop a series of techniques and principles both physical and vocal, and assess their individual progress as well as apply techniques to solo composition study, oral literature (poetry, drama), rehearsals and performance.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand and apply voice and movement techniques to develop appropriate warm-ups and training skills.


Demonstrate increased self-awareness of use of voice, body and space as a performer.


Integrate variety of vocal/physical techniques in the context of performance.


Apply vocal techniques (resonance, pitch, tone, colour, projection, breath support/control, posture, alignment etc.) to chosen texts.


Apply and embody elements of compositional devices and structure into the creative process of Solo Composition study.


Use reflective journaling and researched topic to develop practical skills and self-awareness.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Student-centred strategies for teaching Voice and Movement.

Student learning incorporating aspects as following:

  1. Kinaesthetic – motor development (moving and learning)
  2. Aesthetic -  personal (artistic) growth
  3. Cognitive – intellectual (thinking, perceiving and processing)
  4. Psychological – social (feeling and interacting)

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment: observation of student practical work during the class and performance within the combination of formative feedback during the creative process of solo/ensemble project making.

Repeat Assessments

Individual Project:

  • Solo Project and additional Research
  • Solo Performance/ Recital and additional Research

Indicative Syllabus

Development of the student as competent performer through integration of principles of movement and voice, using:

  • Warm up exercises to increase vocal, physical and mental ability
  • Organic breathing and Chekov Technique identifying and rectifying habits that impede communication
  • Voice exercises and use of Shakespearean text
  • Features of movement awareness exploring the components of space and time: fundamentals of Laban Movement Analysis and concept of Space Harmony in combination with Contemporary Dance Approach (quality, size and precision of the movement, its shape, focus, tempo, rhythm, kinesphere, general space, performing space, dimension, pathways and vertical space.)
  • Further explorations in movement and voice practice integrating an imagination;
  • Solo Composition Study: selection and use of particular explored movement techniques/concept, further experimentation and improvisation, compositional structure, developing movement efficiency and expressiveness, rehearsal, performance.

Theoretical framework within the practised topic supporting students' learning.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Observation of working process Practical Skills Evaluation 60 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6
2 Solo/Ensemble Performance Coursework Assessment Assessment 30 % End of Semester 2,3
3 Research and Journal Coursework Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Supervision Performance Space Voice 2 Weekly 2.00
Supervision Performance Space Movement 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Supervision Performance Space Voice 2 Weekly 2.00
Supervision Performance Space Movement 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1973 Voice and the Actor London: Harrap

Required Reading
2002 Finding Your Voice London: Nick Hern Books

Required Reading
2006 Freeing the natural voice London: Nick Hern Books

Required Reading
1992 Working with the Voice New York: Routledge

Required Reading
1976 Voice and Speech in the Theatre London: Pitman

Required Reading
2003 Laban for All Routledge, Great Britain

Recommended Reading
2011 The Mastery of Movement Dance Books

Required Reading
2012 Beyond Words: Movement Observation and Analysis Oxon, Routledge

Required Reading
2013 Perspectives on Contemporary Dance History: Revisiting Impulse (1950-1970) Cambria Press, NY

Required Reading
1997 The Moving Body: teaching creative thetare London: Bloombsbury Metheun

Required Reading
2007 Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader London: Routledge

Recommended Reading
2000 Twentieth century actor training London: Routledge

Required Reading
2001 Through the Body: A Practical Guide to Physical Theatre London:Nick Hern books

Recommended Reading
2003 Jacques LeCoq London: Routledge

Required Reading
1997 Practical Theatre: A Post-16 Response London: Routledge

Recommended Reading
1991 Towards a poor theatre London: Methuen

Recommended Reading
2011 Choreutics Dance Books Ltd.

Required Reading
Laban for Actors and Dancers: Putting Laban's Movement Theory into Practice - A Step-by-Step Guide Nick Hern Books, Uk, London

Required Reading
20/09/2019 Awareness Through Movement: Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness HarperOne

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Via Book list

Journal Resources

Selioni K., Laban - Aristotle: Movement for Actors and in Acting, Choros International Dance Journal, 5 12, (Spring 2016), pp. 12–30.

URL Resources

2008, Evans M., Movement training for the modern actor, London: Routledge  


Other Resources


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