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ERIC Number: EJ1118616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
Does Dance Matter? The Relevance of Dance Technique in Professional Actor Training
Savrami, Katia
Research in Dance Education, v17 n3 p204-217 2016
Since the establishment of Acting Studies, movement has always been a part of actor training. In the current vocational training institutions in the UK, movement for actors covers a wide range of subjects, including dance, somatics and movement practices. The aim of this research was to collect information about the dance techniques considered preferable in current actor training. The investigation is supported by class observations and interviews with dance teachers in acting institutions. In particular, the research is focused on the various dance techniques that are part of the acting curricula, as well as on their relevance to actor training. Yet the broader inclusion of dance training for actors and the way it is currently delivered within the acting curricula raise issues for reflection, which do not seem to be directly linked to the scope and aims of actor training. This study suggests that it is necessary to further reflect on developing an enriched dance practice, specifically designed to meet the needs of actors. Such a practice should allow for an enhanced physicality and bodily expression through a deep understanding and mastery of self in acting.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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