© 2019  Asha Jennings-Grant

About Me

I am a London-based Movement Director specialising in movement for actors. I originally trained as a dancer completing a BA (Hons) in Dance Performance. For ten years I performed and toured with a wide range of dance and performance companies in the styles of Contemporary, Street, Swing, West African dance and body percussion. 

 

My movement directing and teacher training began at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama whilst studying an MA in Movement Studies. To date, my practice continues to develop as the core principles of my dance and movement background shape my approach to my work with actors. I have collaborated with both youth theatre and professional production companies and work with actors, dancers, singers, circus artists, directors and theatre-makers. My work brings awareness to the body and aims to encourage the actor to utilise this embodied understanding of their movement to inform their overall performance and physical work.

 

The areas I specialise in are:

 

  • Character physicality

 

  • Movement sequences and choreography 

 

  • Staging and blocking

 

  • Ensemble and chorus work

 

  • Animal work

 

I have taught movement at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford College, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Performance Preparation Academy, Guildford. I have led and facilitated classes for musical theatre, BA and MA acting students that focus on the fundamentals of actor movement. 

 

I also have a great interest in Motion Capture particularly within the Film and Video Gaming industries. I am drawn towards the similarities between movement work in theatre and the actor's physical preparation and performance within a motion capture setting. I have been awarded a Financial Retraining Grant by the Dancers' Career Development (www.thedcd.org.ukto support my venture into this field. As a result of this, I run movement workshops for actors/performers independently and in universities and drama schools. Following the launch of the movement workshops, I was awarded a TDPT (Theatre, Dance and Performance Training) Blog Artist Award and was asked to write a series of blog posts documenting my Mocap journey (click on the Motion Capture tab for details)

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I love working with individuals who have an openness and sensitivity to movement, who can envision a strong physical life within a piece of work and who are keen to incorporate this within the working process.

 

Please feel free to browse around and I look forward to hearing from you!