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Movement Training

The Movement Training program largely consists of two parts. During the first part, students focus on the body. Subjects taught include: standing and moving in a firm, yet relaxed, manner; finding and understanding the origins of tension and how one is able to deal with this; the maintenance of the breathing structures; how to warm-up and cool-down before and after singing; moving and falling in a natural though controlled manner; space awareness; moving alone and together.  

During the second part, students inquire into the expressive possibilities of movement. Through specific research exercises, students explore and widen: their personal scope of movement and expression; their observational and analyzing capacities; how to feel and use the tension being created between all the singers on stage; how to translate a libretto or musical line into movement and spacing; how to tell a story or express thoughts and feelings without words.


The student is encouraged to refine a personal vision and to deal with his/her own
physical abilities.  Through training, the student becomes aware of breathing,
posture, presence and attitude. He or she enquires into the concepts of relaxation and exertion.


The IOA encourages its students to reflect on questions including: How do I free myself up to improvise?
How do I act as part of an ensemble? How can I improve my listening
and watching of others and am I able to communicate this competently?

Am I sufficiently daring and creative to express my imagination in my acting?
Am I sufficiently daring to explore and push my boundaries? How do I integrate all of the above into my acting while also being required to sing?  


Acting Training is not focused on one specific technique or method
(e.g. the Stanislavski technique, the Grotowski method).
Students practice acting through improvisation, text analysis, etc.

The focus is on the student as ‘actor’. The course is focused on the student’s autonomy. The student’s development and experience are tested through a more individual approach.
The goal of this course, then, is for the student to gain insight into
and awareness of the actor within oneself. 

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