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PMA2005 Movement Fundamentals
Credit Points: 15

This unit introduces students to some of the fundamental principles of movement training for performance. These include working safely with the body, developing strength, flexibility and balance, working with energy and presence, developing a range of rhythmic dynamics in movement, observing limiting physical habits and extending the performer's range of movement to unlock creativity. They will explore a variety of physical exercises and approaches to extend their natural range of motion and broaden their creative choices. Students examine how common, fundamental principles of movement can underpin a broad range of styles and genres from naturalistic acting to physical theatre. In weekly practical classes students will explore the importance of repetition in movement training, develop their observation skills, and practice articulating their experience of movement. Students learn to use a journal to facilitate critical reflection. They are expected to undertake personal practice between classes. In reading and research there is an emphasis on international, intercultural perspectives and on the ability to inform practical experience with theoretical knowledge.

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
Y97Bachelor of Performing Arts
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2014 VET: 14/05/2014