TART 1B & 2C ACTING: MOVEMENT FALL 2011 Section: 72608 & 72789 Place: Room H 103 (The Studio Theatre) Instructor: Anthony Carreiro Time: 9:00-10:20 a.m. Mon. & Wed. Contact #: 562-938-4946 -or- e-mail: [email protected] Office: J115 (in the back of theatre auditorium) Office hours: Tue. & Thurs. 12:00pm to 1:00pm & 4PM to 5PM Wed. 3:00pm to 4:00pm Required Text: Handouts and selected readings on reserve. Requirements: 1) Attendance & Attitude, Most of what you learn, you will learn in class. So show up (on time) and be willing to try. Showing up more than 15 min. late or leaving early, for any reason equals 3 points per event. Each absence is a loss of 9 points. After 6 absences you will be dropped 2) Paper/Journal. You will be required to write a paper and keep a journal on the movement aspect of acting. The paper must be more than two pages long, double-spaced and typewritten. The journal and paper will be discussed in more detail later in the class. 3) Testing. There will be one performance project, a mid-term test and a performance final. These will be discussed in class. Please have a monologue memorized that can be used in exercises. Other Requirements: 1) All theatre students must enroll in TART 51AD (either sec. 72701 or 74060). This is mandatory. 2) You must wear proper shoes (sneakers or flat, flexible, soft shoes) & loose fitting clothes that can get dirty. No sandals, no exceptions. No eating or drinking in class. Water is always allowed. Please remove all jewelry before class. Keep this syllabus with you during class. You must also have a notebook and pen with you at all classes. You will be keeping a journal. This journal will be turned in periodically and will be graded. Grades: Grades are based on a 1000 point system. 1000 being a perfect A+ Attendance & Participation = 250pts Project = 150pts. Paper and Journal = 150pts Midterm = 200 pts. Final = 250pts Academic Honesty: (This statement is taken directly from the LBCC Faculty Guide) “Lack of honesty in the classroom is considered a very serious offense. Any form of cheating on tests, turning in of work which is not one’s own (plagiarism), talking during tests, furnishing false information to instructors or knowingly misrepresenting one-self to the college is grounds for disciplinary action. The consequences of cheating are severe and may include the possibility of expulsion. Disciplinary action can include the following: warnings, reprimands, probation, suspensions, expulsion, restitution, and loss of financial aid.” Overview of TART 1- B & 2-C Focus: 1-B: Everything an actor does physically conveys information to the audience. It is the goal of this course to begin to identify the language and vocabulary of stage movement. From learning about our own personal “tics” and mannerisms to expressing a character’s inner thoughts externally. Please come to class with an open mind, prepared to move and have fun. Weeks One to Four: The basics of theatrical movement: Balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, tempo-rhythms and spatial relationships (A review of this for TART2-C). Weeks Five to Eight: Armed staged combat and physical violence: The basics in safely and theatrically executing stage violence both with and without weapons. The big “3”: Safety, Illusion, Theatrical Reality. Weeks Nine to Twelve: Continued combat. The “knap,” misdirection of audience attention, preparation, re-action, action and intention. Weeks Thirteen to Seventeen: Intermediate stage combat moves. Staging the fight. Acting the fight. Focus: 2-C & 2-D: A continuation of 1-B with emphasis on advanced theatrical skills. Weeks One to Four: A review of the basics of theatrical movement: Balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, tempo-rhythms and spatial relationships, with deeper emphasis on form, skill and execution. Weeks Five to Eight: Staging a fight, choreography and picking a scene. Weeks Nine to Seventeen: Putting it all together. Incentive: Anyone with perfect attendance at the end of the semester will receive 5 points to assist their grade. Student Learning Outcomes for TART 1-B: 1. Compare and contrast different physical training techniques for actors. 2. Demonstrate physical awareness for theatrical communication. 3. Examine component structures of movement. Learning Objectives for TART 1-B: 1. Define basic physical attributes (balance, control, rhythm, tempo, agility and power). 2. Describe components of physical communication. 3. Identify the differences between verbal and non-verbal communication as it relates to theatrical performance. 4. Analyze and physical tension areas as it relates to theatrical performance. 5. Describe and perform a series of warm-up exercises designed for actors relaxation and concentration. 6. Illustrate physical communication in a non-verbal performance. 7. Define and Explain beginning terminology of the actor’s physical instrument (body).