The Key Idea for this week is movement. Movement is the dramatic element we looked into during the previous two lessons. Movement can refer to a type of dance or mime. Movement covers how we move around stage, downstage, upstage, avoiding masking another actor. Movement helps characterization. For example a confident person would walk smoothly in big steps. Movement also explains how the characters move in relation to each other on stage. Characters can move in a friendly manner, or threateningly depending on their personality and the situation happening on stage.Movement helps create a balance and contrast between movement scenes and having scenes with dialogue only. There are many types of movement humans can do, such as standing, walking, reaching, leaping, crawling, kneeling, etc. When looking at movement, we have to concentrate on the symmetry, whether the scene is symmetrical or A symmetrical, the proximity, if the actors are close or far apart. We have to concentrate on levels, as well as the tempo, if the character is moving slowly or quickly, smoothly or jerkily.
For the Approach, we chose a word to represent as a movement freeze frame. When doing this we had to consider the level, proximity, symmetry and tempo of movement. Movement is all about how we use our bodies to represent ideas, so we mainly focused on that. We also had to represent more complicated ideas such as conformity, isolation, independence and freedom.Next, we created 4 freeze frames on the growth of a human: birth, child, adult and old age. We used movement to represent these four stages symbolically, instead of using speech. For example, instead of physically bending our backs to show we are old, we have to find a more surreal way to communicate ‘old age’ to the audience. We also had to use movement to make transitions and connect the freeze frames together.
This weeks Outcome came from when we worked on the ‘birth, child, adult, old age’ scene, it was fairly simple and straightforward to make freeze frames for birth child and old age. We struggled a bit when we created the ‘adult’ scene. We ran out of ideas. We solved this by giving the freeze frame a ‘leaving’ kind of image, where Claire is the adult, walking away from family, and friends as if there is a new start to a new life, and the others would pull and hold on to her, as if we didn’t want to let go. This worked out pretty well because we were able to effectively use space and different levels.
The Connection is that it is important to know how to incorporate movement into theatre. In theatre it is good if there is a contrast between speech and movement. Also, sometimes movement can explain a meaning or symbol better than words. The audience also decides and judges what is happening on stage based on the movement the characters are doing. Movement is significant for characterization because the way characters walk or move would have an effect on their personality and relationships between other characters. For example, if a character is being controlled, the character would be kneeling on the floor and slouching to show that they have a low authority.