Hello all, hope you are safe and warm!
Last week we began workshopping "Spoken-Word Orchestra", originally directed by Laurie Carlos and performed by the Austin Project. As I'm sure you all felt, this style of theater utilizes a different skill set than other forms of contemporary drama, putting more emphasis on the musicality of language and its inherent follow-up with gestural movement. The psychological context of dialogue is replaced with feeling as opposed to knowing [if this doesn't make sense to you, or you want to advocate a different approach, feel free to contact me!]
For this week's blog prompt, please design a theater game or warm up that you think would serve as a good lead-in to this kind of work in the jazz aesthetic. Think Bogart or Grotowski as opposed to Stanislavski. For example: how could you use Viewpoints to create movement, rhythm, and character? Please post your responses before class resumes next Tuesday 11/8.
*And for those of you who are doing the final play presentation [Marion's...] on Tuesday, think about actually having the class engage in one of your warm-ups...it is time to get everyone on their feet!