Bilenko, George (2019) An Exploration into the Use of Rhythm in Devising Movement for Theatre. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Within this thesis the use of rhythm in the movement devising process is explored. Specifically investigating how rhythm can be used in the movement devising process in order to harness its various expressive qualities. These qualities include symbolic associations, such as natural and mechanical rhythms, as well as broader tonal effects on energy, tension, and mood. Also addressing more specific effects that can be used in the portrayal of character, intention, and subtext. Technical aspects of rhythm are discussed, such as tempo and metre, sequence and repetition, and polyrhythm. Also considering how understandings of rhythm drawn from key historical practitioners can be applied. These include Konstantin Stanislavsky’s tempo-rhythm, Vsevolod Meyerhold’s tri-partite rhythmic structure, and Rudolf Laban’s effort theory. The study also draws on more contemporary sources, including the work of Eilon Morris. A selection of exercises are presented, with which devisers can practically explore the aspects and understandings of rhythm discussed within the thesis.

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