Typically called The Performance Project – the fourth semester of the Movement curriculum is a capstone experience for the conservatory student. The entire semester is designed to lead the actor through an organic process of sourcing, envisioning, creation, development and performance of original physical choreography. The challenge to use the physical instrument as the performance is one that demands that the actor fully confront habits, fears and restrictions. It also demands the actor fully engage the imagination, sense of meaning, and artistic vision. The opportunity for the actor to share their original physical performance with an invited audience at the end of the course keeps the actors in the class very focused on developing their original content and harnesses the enthusiasm and energy of the ensemble. Yet, the nature of the movement training and the instructors is to be always supporting the actors with permission and the courage to take enormous risks; thereby the actors don’t operate under the pressure of performance but rather under their own sense of initiation and inspiration. This fourth term gives actors a unique chance to collaborate with a group in a very personal way. The challenges that arise and the lessons/practices learned are invaluable for the actor who hopes to innovate as a professional theater artist. More importantly the journey through the semester continually pushes the actor to work with their instrument in the most intimate way – solidifying the training of the entire two year experience.
Nathan Flower, Kana Sato
10 Classes, 1 Dress Rehearsal and
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