Acting 1 - Body Language

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
309HM1 Z 1 12PS+12CS Czech summer

Subject guarantor

Štefan CAPKO

Name of lecturer(s)

Štefan CAPKO

Learning outcomes of the course unit


Course instruction leads to an understanding of the importance of using body language in communication. The main emphasis is placed on the actor's attitude and ability to abstract from reality expression markings of human expression and present them in a visible expression form with clear communication in a strong and simple form. Students comprehend the power of a gesture and its particular expressive potential in body exercises. This is the beginning of the road to mastering the expression of one's own body into that of a fictitious body which in animation is used as the fundamental acting tool.

Mode of study

Intensive instruction through a workshop practical taking place at the UVS Poněšice. Part of instruction is physical exercises. Close-fitting exercise attire is necessary, without print in neutral colors (grey, black, brown).

This course takes place in the Summer semester 2017/2018 during April 2018

Prerequisites and co-requisites

This course provides a basic glimpse into acting from an anthropological point of view. No special preparations are required.

The capacity for this module is 15 students.

Course contents

Gestural and mime acting are part of pantomime and animated film.


Parts of the actor's body and their use.

Creating a pose.

Extracting from observations in reality.

Poise as the basis for the creation of a character and poise as the expression of emotion. Theory of the genesis of gesture and its function.

Human non-verbal communication, its inherent laws, why body language is the basic expression skill of man.

Though exercises students will come closer to and understand expression in movement from the acting viewpoint. Creating movement in time and space. Study of characters, their main signals, body build, gesture and mimicry. Classification of poise and gestures of characters, emotions and their use in playing out a situation.

Originality in acting.

Credit conditions: ex: Cr/3 - for 100%

Note: A maximum of 15 spaces are available for this module (5 Dept, 5 HAMU, 5 free spaces for others interested) - registration is possible only in person with Ms. Lenka Činovska, secretary (244 234 356,

Required for 1st-year bachelor study students.

Recommended or required reading

O. Vávra: Mluvíme beze slov

J. Švehla: Tisícileté umění pantomimy

V. Veber: Příběh pantomimy

Assessment methods and criteria

Active approach to physical exercise which leads to an undersanding of the basic relations of the human body.

Movement expression is a part of every human being because movement is the first sign of life. Everyone can be an actor who wants to. To understand the function of gesture and the mutual relations of individual parts of the human body is an adventure based on the execution of body exercises. The pantomime principle of acting (embodiment) is the basis for any type of acting expression. A maximum of 15 seats are available for the module.


Every human being is capable of expressive movement, because movment is one of the first manifestations of life. An actor can become anyone desired. Understanding the function of a gesture and the mutual relations of individual parts of the human body is a process founded on the performance of body exercise systems. The pantomime principle of acting (embodiement) is the principle basis for any acting expression.

Group maximum is 15.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
28.03.2020 16:00–20:00 Štefan CAPKO Avalon
Tržiště 20, Praha 1 (vchod z Rektorátu AMU, Malostranské nám. 12)
29.03.2020 09:00–12:00 Štefan CAPKO Avalon
Tržiště 20, Praha 1 (vchod z Rektorátu AMU, Malostranské nám. 12)
29.03.2020 18:00–22:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE
30.03.2020 09:00–22:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE
31.03.2020 09:00–10:00 Štefan CAPKO PONESICE

The subject is a part of the following study plans