Terms Taught: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019
Average Number of Students: 10 Course Description: These two directed group study courses work in tandem and are offered on alternating terms. Students may repeat enrollment in the class as often as they wish, allowing for a continuity of practice. The class practices ensemble performance techniques and rigorous performance athletics. The practice includes tumbling, mask, Commedia, contact improv, partner balance, yoga, bodyweight training, viewpoints, stage combat, and immersive performance techniques. Excerpt from the Syllabus: 1) Theatre Athletics Training - Body, Motivation, and the Art of Failure As a genre of embodied game, theatre shares much space with sports and athletics. The actor is an athlete, with specific physical performance demands. Proprioception, Relative Strength, Flexibility, Kinesthetic Awareness. This class will help you develop these attributes while acquiring skills in physical, performance based skills such as tumbling, acro-yoga, mime, juggling, and contact improv. 2) Training for the Space of Possibility - Collusion, Complicite, and Improvisation Lecoq called it “complicité” - a form of collusion with the audience necessary to create deeply engaging performances. Both complicity and collusion imply involvement with others in a transgressive act, however “collusion” derives from the latin meaning “to play together” and adroitly describes the relationships between players in the game of theatre. This class practices develops skill to invite collusion between players (audience/actor, actor/actor). We use games as a training framework, practicing improv and performance principles drawn from Commedia (such as Grommelot) and other physical approaches to improv.