What will you learn?
‘Expressive Body’ meticulously presents a unique perspective on understanding an actor’s body as an instrument to perform and communicate. This online course will offer you comprehensive learning on improving your expressive communication skill both in life and in your performance. With the help of this course, you will learn to open and strengthen your body. You will also learn ways to endure high-intensity challenges for your body. This course will be a building block in your training that will hone and tone your expressions through your body as an actor’s tool.
Course At A Glance
Sample Class 1
Sample Class 2
Sample Class 3
5 Modules, 34 Classes, 7 Downloadable Resources
Things To Remember
This module is all about understanding your own body. Before bringing change outside one should start from home. Your body is your most precious possession, you should be very much aware of it before changing it into something else. Awareness brings stability to our body which helps us to connect
to forces around us.
Observing Walk / चलते चलते
Observing Stand / खड़े खड़े
Observing Body / लमलेट
Opening Body / ऊपर से नीचे तक
Engaging Core / कोर मचाए शोर
Neutral Body / होशियार, ख़बरदार, तैय्यार
Bean Bag & Tree / एक ढ़ीला तो दूसरा फुर्तीला
Role Of Breath / साँस की समझ
Awareness / तेज़ नज़र
Space / दो निराली दुनिया
Module 1 Task
Module 1 Handout
Module 1 Task Sheet
Strength, flexibility and endurance are the three pillars of your body. This module explores these three you aware of the internal energy of your body. Additionally, it helps you learn about your emotional state, which is important as it is connected to the physical state of your body.
Endurance With Plank / कोर के कारनामे
Pelvis Mobility / उठक बैठक
Shoulder Mobility / गोल गोल के चक्कर
Spine Mobility / ऊपर जाओ, नीचे आओ
Expansion & Contraction / मछली और बच्चा
High Intensity Interval Training (Hiit) / कूद फाँद
Physical Routine / रियाज़
Module 2, Task 2
Module 2 Handout
Module 2 Task Sheet
Expressions are not only found through words. Your body is extremely capable of communicating a message to an audience. Through this module, you truly experience various ways to communicate in a unique manner with a lot more fun and play.
Sustained & Sudden Movement / समय का अन्दाज़
Limitations / रुकावटों के मज़े
Flow / छाऊ चाली
Rhythm / ३ अनोखे लय
Lyrical / बोलों का बोल बाला
Module 3 Handout
Final Task Sheet
Continue Your Journey
Know Your Facilitator
Dancer, Actor & Theatre Maker
“When you feel low in life or your life begins to resemble a tragic film of the 60s, just dance! And dance your heart out! Because art truly has the power to heal!”
Lakshika Pandey is an actor, dancer, and theatre-maker with over 15 years of experience. She is trained in Bharatnatyam, Chhau (a martial-art Folk dance form), Yoga, and Butoh (Japanese dance theatre). Trained at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire in the UK, she is India’s leading expert in creative movement and expressions.
Lakshika is the Founder of the Mumbai-based theatre company ‘The Shakti Ensemble’, under which she devised and directed Bebaak Beckett, based on Samuel Beckett’s life and short plays, a play that was performed in six languages.
Her production ‘Walking Naked – a journey of the women saints of India’ was commissioned by the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (Shimla) & the Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). Her works as an actor and director have received fame and accolades at the Kala Ghoda Festival and the National Centre for Performing Arts.
Lakshika also provides body movement and physical conditioning coaching for IIT Mumbai, Flame University, Drama School Mumbai and can also be found training for Acting Adda at Tata Sky.
Who is this course for?
STORYTELLERS, ACTORS, DANCERS, PERFORMERS, PRESENTERS
Frequently Asked Questions
These beginner acting courses provide you with the basic knowledge of acting and theatre in an engaging manner. Even if you are not involved in the creative arts, these online drama lessons will equip you with critical life skills such as self-awareness, effective communication, confidence, and creative expression.
Our courses are designed holistically and do not restrict themselves to fields of pursuit or levels of study. If you are interested in exploring the world of theatre and acting, these courses provide you with the basic building blocks in an engaging manner. Even if you are not involved in the creative arts, these courses will equip you with critical life skills like self-awareness, confidence, effective communication and creative expression.
Each Ekalavya course is designed to be stand-alone. If you want to pursue a career in acting and theatre, we recommend beginning with the first course, ‘Breaking Open Characters’ which deals with the most basic concept of characterization and how to approach the portrayal of different characters.
These courses provide the building blocks of study in the field of acting and theatre-making. Ekalavya courses cover foundational concepts that serve as an essential first step to launching your creative journey and your acting career.
We strongly encourage learners to take charge of their own creative journeys. We believe this self-drive is key to success in the theatre and acting industry. Our courses act as critical catalysts in this journey. We motivate our learners to actively get involved in fun and engaging exercises. Every course requires a performance submission in the end where learnings come together to mould something tangible. Personal stories, anecdotes, and greenroom hacks form an indispensable part of the courses. Online forums will also ensure a community exchange of ideas, and a space to ideate and grow consistently.
Once enrolled, you will be able to access the course modules and individual study sessions contained within those modules. Please check your email for login instructions. It is advised that you download the course on your device so that you are able to access the same in case of unavailability of the internet.
The assignments will be reviewed by the Ekalavya team at the Drama School Mumbai as part of the criteria for successfully completing a course.
Yes, you will receive a course completion certificate once you submit your final course assignment and it has been accepted by Ekalavya.
You can access your purchased courses on our mobile app currently available on Android. Please click here to download the application.
Presently, all Ekalavya courses come with lifetime validity. You can take them at your own pace and time. The validity period can change in future but if you have bought a course with lifetime validity then it will remain as it is.