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Introduction to Performing Arts

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Performing arts emphasizes the collective interest in theatre, dance, and performance. The sessions are planned in a way that explores performance both on stage and in everyday life to highlight self-expression. Learning performances through a broad range of basic concepts, such as understanding sound, rhythm, and body, will nurture the individual to capture inspiration or a moving thought and transform it into a potential performance that is critically nuanced. This will allow the individual to politically and ethically engage in diverse forms of public life.

 

Course Contents:

  1. Body movement: It is vital that a student embodies a character both emotionally and physically, and this is why body movement is important to any performing act. Basic body stretching, poses, and body flow will be taught in this section that helps to be aware of your neutral state; then, they can start to play the character.

  2. Basics of vocal practice: Vocal warmups prepare the student for an intense vibration that comes along with the dialogue or singing. Controlled, steady vocal exercises will increase acid in the muscles surrounding your vocal folds, which helps those muscles do their jobs more effectively.

  3. Rhythm: It is the basis of dance and music, a vital part of performing art. The purpose is to provide a variety of fundamental tempo and body sound experiences, so the student can learn to move and coordinate more effectively and efficiently and develop a sense of rhythm.

  4. Reading: Reading allows a student a more active role in their education and will enable them to “act out” in a controlled, productive manner. Readers are encouraged to be extroverted, funny, and even outlandish, so long as it makes reading entertaining and memorable to listeners.

  5. Expressions: It's the actors' job to effectively communicate their roles to fit the space. Facial expressions, like body language, may be heightened or exaggerated so that the character's intentions are clear to all. Collective exercises of navarasa and other body languages will be taught in this session.

  6. Characterization: Character development is the process of making a character complete and real. Using the script as the foundation, an actor must excavate their character’s motivations, background, and reasons why they behave the way they do to connect themselves to the character—and, in turn, connect the surface to the story.

  7. Writing- Script / Monologue: Writing in Role is a drama strategy that asks students to write from a character’s perspective, typically in a familiar format like a diary entry; a letter, email, or text; a newspaper headline; or a letter to an editor.

  8. Material/property aesthetics: Stage properties, or “props,” are items not permanently attached to the scenery or costumes that add to the visual picture of the shows. Set Props / Furnishings, Set Dressing, Hand Props, Costume Props, and many more will be explored in this session.

  9. Artist experience sharing: Professional theatre artists will be invited to give a fresh perspective on their experience in the real world. It will be a discussion and Q&A session.

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