“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasise about a world to aspire to.” Willem Dafoe
Developing an individuality by encouraging students to express themselves with confidence, conduct themselves with tolerance, understanding and appreciate situations from more than one perspective, challenging their perceptions of the world. Students are encouraged to explore and analyse a range of social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues through theatre and physical storytelling processes. All performing arts students will develop:
Performing Arts: Dance
Module 1 - Intro to dance
Chance dance, maths link, rolling dice and probability
Learning the 5 basic dance actions.
Module 2 - Fright Night
Link to drama through zombie
characterisation - English gothic literature link.
Module 3 - Time Travel
History link - Lindy hop, Charleston, Swing and Jive.
Module 1 - Emancipation of Expressionism
Hip Hop/Contemporary dance, RE and PSHE links.
Main themes: Genesis, growth, struggle, empowerment.
Module 2 - Swansong
Two guards and a prisoner, intimidation, interrogation, neo classical, contemporary/ballet/physical theatre.
Link to PSHE being safe, mental wellbeing.
Module 3- Capoeira
Brazilian Martial Arts Infused Dance
Conflict, intimidation, relationships, PSHE Link
BTEC Dance link, exploring learnt skills.
Module 1 - Rosie Kay 5 Soldiers
Soldier like movement, links to history, WAR
Links to PSHE, mental health, wellbeing, being aware of the wider society
Module 2 - ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’
Physical theatre, drama link, characterisation
Character who has autism, the audience seeing the world through his interpretation
Links to PSHE– mental health, wellbeing, awareness of others.
Module 3 - Frantic Assembly, ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Physical theatre, narrative story and characterisation—links to English literature and Drama.
Looking closely at the feud between the Montague and Capulets, chair routine,
introduction to dancing with objects.
Exploring the repertoire of at least three professional dance works:
¨ Emancipation of Expressionism, Hip Hop/Contemporary. Main Themes: Genesis, struggle, growth, empowerment.
¨ Shadows - Christopher Bruce, Family, Aar, outside force, interrelationships, family dynamics. Links to PSHE family and relationships. Links to history due to references to Hitler’s dictatorship.
¨ Infra - Wayne McGregor, Main themes: below the surface, secrets, behind closed doors, links to PSHE relationships and being safe.
¨ Study - MK Ultra, internet, illuminati, media. James Cousins - Within her Eyes, trust lifts, intimacy, links to PSHE relationships. Bob Fosse - Jazz, links to musical theatre, history.
¨ Written work to support.
Responding to a brief: Released in January
Students use their devising and dance skills learnt so far and create a performance piece to a chosen idea/stimulus from Pearson’s Qualification.
Component 3 Written work to support.
Studying a professional dance repertoire - each student dancing 2 minutes, performance and recording.
Component 2 Written work to support.
Links to other Subjects
Year 7 - Maths - Chance/probability. English - Gothic Literature. History - Dance eras.
Year 8 - R.E/Science - Genesis theme. PSHE - Exposure to culture and style.
Performing Arts: Drama
Silent Movies: Skills and devising
It’s not what you say it’s how you say it: Voice and Monologues
Ernie’s Incredible Illuminations: Script work
The Party: Devising and skills
Script: Anne Cartwright: Scripted and Stanislavski
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Scripted/Physical theatre/Frantic Assembly
War and Conflict: Devising and skills
Component one: Exploring practitioner work (An Inspector Calls, Teachers, Blood Brothers, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
Component three: Developing skills for devising
Component two: Developing acting skills
Component 2: Apply Acting skills to performance
Component 3: Developing devising skills
Component 3: External Assessment
Links to other Subjects
PHSE (relationships and emotional memory)
PHSE: Health and Wellbeing
Dance and Movement
PHSE—Careers and job roles, diversity and health and wellbeing.
English & History —War poetry
PHSE (Relationships, Job roles and responsibilities, careers)