Using improvisation

In this lesson, we will use an image as the starting point for movement ideas and explore how to create movement through improvisation.

Using improvisation

In this lesson, we will use an image as the starting point for movement ideas and explore how to create movement through improvisation.

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Pupils will learn improvisation as a choreographic process.
  2. Pupils will demonstrate the ability to use an image as a starting point for initiating movement.
  3. Pupils will learn to link an image of a 'wasteland' to vocabulary that will provide ideas for movement exploration.
  4. Pupils will discuss the value of improvisation and the role it plays in creating work.
  5. Pupils will learn about risk taking, problem-solving, resilience, self-discipline, creativity and mental toughness.

Equipment

Device to play music (e.g. phone or MP3 player), a 2x2m clear space, suitable clothing.

Content guidance

  • Physical activity required.

Supervision

Adult supervision recommended.

Licence

This content is made available by Oak National Academy Limited and its partners and licensed under Oak’s terms & conditions (Collection 1), except where otherwise stated.

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3 Questions

Q1.
True or false: improvisation means making something up on the spot
False
Correct answer: True
Q2.
Choose TWO ways that we could get ideas for improvisation
Correct answer: Look at images
Use movement we already know
Correct answer: Use text
Q3.
Tick all the boxes that match the theme/mood/atmosphere of this image (there are 3 correct suggestions)
Comedy
Correct answer: Eerie
Correct answer: Spooky
Summer Holiday
Correct answer: Uneasy

4 Questions

Q1.
A stimulus is a starting point for creating dance.
False
Correct answer: True
Q2.
What did we use as the starting point for our improvisation today?
A Prop
A Story
An Action
Correct answer: An Image
Q3.
Infra was created using a poem as a stimulus.
False
Correct answer: True
Q4.
Tick the three components of dance you explored in your improvisation task today:
Correct answer: Action
Correct answer: Dynamics
Relationships
Correct answer: Space

Lesson appears in

UnitPhysical education / Dance activity: developing the use and application of appropriate action, space and dynamics linked to the intention of seeing 'below the surface'

Physical education