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Central Saint Martins

Lydia Baksh

Profession
Movement and Movement Psychology Tutor, BA Acting, MA Acting, MA Screen Acting and MA Character Animation
College
Central Saint Martins
Person Type
Teacher
Lydia  Baksh

Biography

With a background in classical and contemporary dance, I embarked on the three-year conservatoire acting training at the Drama Centre London. Upon graduating in 2000 I worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio, with acclaimed companies such as Frantic Assembly, Weta Studios and the BBC. I am currently a member of the London based 'Shapes in Motion' Motion Capture Troupe.

As well as teaching at Drama Centre, I have taught at various established London drama colleges including East 15, The Giles Foreman Studio and Rose Bruford Collage. She is also a qualified KRI Kundalini Yoga practitioner.

What I teach

My class aims to facilitate, through the process of discovery and self-awareness, the ability of the actor to be available, receptive and present in the space. I cover all the fundamental principles of movement, as well as physical improvisation; ensemble, and the connection of text to the body, whilst drawing on techniques of practitioners such as Grotowski, Rudolf Laban, Yat Malgren and Michael Chekov. A large component of the movement training is focused on creating character. By use of animal study and the application of the Yat/Laban method of ‘Movement Psychology’, students access an organic and creative avenue into the physical and textural world of a character, ultimately discovering and honing their full psychophysical range of expression, whilst attaining potent skills and techniques, which can be adapted to both stage and screen.

I teach Movement, Movement Psychology, Mask and Animal Study across the courses: BA Acting, MA Acting, MA Screen Acting and MA Character Animation.