The Actor's Body: Intercultural Theories and Practices (DRA3076)

30 credits

This module explores histories and practices of actor training and how these approaches relate to specific performance traditions, with a particular focus on the body of the performer. It also addresses the development of psychophysical approaches in western and non-western practice. We explore both western and non-western systems of training and discover how seminal practitioners and writers have changed the way we understand the body in/for performance. We will also look at how key contemporary practitioners and/or companies have drawn from traditional performance training approaches. Related to this will be an exploration of the role of globalisation in our understanding of the body in contemporary performance.

Incoming international students and Exeter students from other disciplines welcome, subject to availability. In addition to students of drama, performance or theatre studies, this module will engage the interest of students with a background in philosophy, anthropology, English, film and modern languages.