Viewpoints: Space, Jan 12
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DRAMA 252 Acting Topic Space 12 January 2015 Lecture Notes Know that each performance space has its own unique qualities and characteristics that affect the environment of the performance and the technique of the performers Ancient Greek Ampitheater A I 2 Skene Proscinium I k 39 Pa rados 2 l I I Orchestra A I v a I Audience Use of space will inform the audience and set expectations of the characters 0 Upstage center usually where the hero enters audience s right is the town and the audience s left is the quotbeyondquot Remember stage left stage view vs house left audience view Counter reaction to a change in space Space reveals the honest dynamic in relationships between characters and objects 0 It s the actor s job to command space in a way that reflects and reacts to the situation All locations and places have inherent shape dynamic and meaning Elements shape structure placement acceleration expansioncontraction topography movementlack of architecture kinesthetic response and repetition Definition of space has limitations to the physical space but includes the projectionpossibility of occupation How you treat space reveals the value the space has in particular circumstances The theatre lives and breathes in three dimensions Rehearsal Reminders Play with extremes do not shy away from the extreme positives or negatives in rehearsal Moderates tend to be boring or dead Play and explore possibilities it should change the meanings of the words Do not shy away from this even or especially if it changes the original meaning Examine how different possibilities help create different meanings now and we will work on justification later Focusing on one aspect may change and correct the other aspects in your work or it may not Don t forget to see how the different elements interact with each other and how different untypical combinations have different effects on the work
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