Spring 2008 not offered
This course gives student actors the opportunity to investigate the traditions of masked performance and physical comedy techniques that can be applied to stylized genres of theater from ancient Greek drama and Moliere to Commedia Dell'Arte and the contemporary avant-garde. Archetypal characters will be explored through the use of both Eastern and Western masks with special emphasis on the masks of Bali, which have inspired artists from Antonin Artaud and Peter Brook to Arianne Mnouchkine and Julie Taymour.
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|Course Format: Performance||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Plays by Moliere, Shakespeare, and Dario Fo as well as scenarios in the style of commedia dell'arte from Europe and Asia.
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Memorization of theatrical texts and weekly presentations of masked character performances devised by students with texts of their choice.
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Students should come to class dressed in loose trousers or sweatpants suitable for significant physical activity.
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