In this performance, I am a nice man, who wants to cell his coffins. I try to put on a persuasive voice, and I did not raise my voice, and I kept it in control.
I always try to be serious when I do assessments. But, in this instance, I did not do very well. First of all, the topic was very strange, and perhaps I should have done something more happy. I just tried to make a happy, and persuasive, but slightly impatient character, and that did not come out very well, because my voice was too soft, because I think that people who persuade, should have a louder voice.
As I just mentioned, I need to improve on my voice volume, and my speed. I spoke far too slowly, and it just started to get boring near the end. Daniella, on the other hand, did a good job being a sad widow.
I would maybe like to use this style again, if I wanted to portray something sad.
We had to use SWAT (Stand, Walk, Action, Talk) in our performance. When I was in control, I had a straight back, and a superior air, while the other person, Keigo Tanaka, had a hunched back, with said that he was nervous, or scared.
However, in the other video, where we changed our status, and where Keigo was higher than me, we had to switch the SWAT to produce a different effect.
But, I think that the most important thing was my voice. A person in charge, will usually have a strong, and deep commanding voice, while the student will be more quiet, and soft. I think that I did this part quite well.
I would like to continue do this again, when I want to show status, and hierarchy, and I thought that it was very interesting.
Overall, I performed well, and I exaggerated my roles, and that was why the audience found it funny. Especially the grade 1′s who were younger. But in grade 3, the children were more mature so they did not find it as amusing. In the first performance, I didn’t do as well as I could’ve because I was nervous, and I did not know what to expect. But from the second performance, I was relaxed, so I did a much better job.
My best performance was the second and third ones, because I was relaxed, and I knew exactly what to do. I enjoyed my roles more, so I was able to really put lots of expression and emphasis.
My difficulties were that at the beginning, I was nervous, so I talked too fast so I needed to relax more. The solution to that would be to not get nervous, and just pretend you are doing it in front of the class.
My achievements were that the classes found our performances funny and entertaining, so that was a good thing. I also didn’t forget my lines, and I was very dramatic with my voice, and made it sound like a old man who loved himself.
I think that the group who did 浦島太郎 (Urashimataro) were successful because they engaged themselves with audience, and they were very excited when they did this. They also put good voice in their roles, and they were enthusiastic when they were acting. THEY HAD SO MUCH ENERGY!!! Which is a key point in drama.
Folk Tale: The Yamamba where there is a moral, saying only marry people who you really love.
Legend: The Legend of Robin Hood where a man stole from the rich, and gave to the poor.
Myth: Greek Mythology for example Cupid’s Love.
My volume was quite good, but I need to work on my projection because in some parts it was a little bit too quiet. My pace was the best I think, because I kept a nice pace, and I didn’t go too fast, or too slow. My pitch needs improving because my voices pitch was almost the same throughout my speech, and it needs varying. My pause was good because I paused in between words, and I also breathed well. My posture was good, and I didn’t sway or wiggle or fidget while I was talking. My eye contact needs to move through the whole audience, and not just in one place.
I explored this unit by watching other famous people doing mime, and when I did my summative assessment, I tried to use those ideas I had seen other people do. I also tried to explore how I could still communicate sound or talking or sound effects. When I performed, I made sure to exaggerate my actions so people will still understand.
What did I learn?
I learned that since mime cannot have any sound, noise or voice, I had to exaggerate my movements and actions. Also, when you act in mime, you really have to think about the character you are playing, and that makes it easier to mime well.
What did I know before this unit?
I knew that mime had no sound, no noise and no voice. But I did not know that you were not allowed to use background music.
What do I want to know?
I still want to know some more techniques about how to over-express actions and also how to make the mime more interesting even if there is no voice.
I thought Gene Kelly used rhythm well because he used the whole street for his dance, and I thought this looked very effective. He used expression well as well. He was dancing fast and quick, so he was obviously happy when he was acting and tap-dancing. He moved through space in a interesting way. Gene Kelly ran and skipped and jumped which was very effective when he used his umbrella, which was his main prop. The umbrella was effective because when he twirled it around, it looked very beautiful with his dancing.
Overall, I thought his dancing was very effective, and I think he used rhythm, expression, moving through space, and also his prop in a very good way.
Here is my video for our summative assessment task for dance and rhythm. The music in the background is out-of-date 1980′s music. I hope you enjoy! And please don’t laugh at the dancing. (Girls are better at dancing, generally speaking).
For the speech, I think I did fairly well for my body language, except I did fidget a little bit with my hands when I was holding my que cards. I think I need to put in a little bit more body movement to express my feelings more deeply. I think my clarity was very good, and I heard my voice and understood everything without any trouble. My tone was quite good, but I think I should have put some more emotion in my voice. So, overall, I think I need to just improv on my bogy language and changing my tone a little bit more.