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Subjects and study matters

Programs for Actor European Training Art. 7 of 3/4/08
Dramatic Art Academies, Acting Academies, Cinema Academies.

1st year Interpretation


The Ancient Tragedy

  • The Stage presence – The Neutral mask
  • The Chorus, the hero, the coryphaeus, the orator, the poet
  • The myth and ritual
  • The Greek Tragedy: Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophoclese
  • Tragic monologue – Text analysis

Narrative Techniques

  • Eastern and western stories and tales
  • Mysteries and sacred representations
  • Narrator/mime
  • Calls to the audience and affabulation

Theatrical character

  • Anthropology of theatrical attitude
  • Typologies – Archetypes
  • Basle larval masks
  • Characterization technique
  • Character’s construction
  • Sensory exercises and text analysis
  • Identification, intention, under-text
  • Dramatic score
  • The counter character: realism/stylization

Acting: Stanislavskij – Strasberg method

  • Concentration, observation, attention
  • Psychological and behavioral analysis
  • The “if” and given circumstances
  • Character exploration and motivation
  • Analytical- affective – emotional memory
  • Public character- Private character
  • Dramatic action and narrative arch
  • Audition techniques
  • Acting

From poetic drama to “Comic Melò”

  • Poetical acting: great feelings
  • The modern drama: cinema and theatre
  • Psychology and surroundings of modern drama
  • Exasperation and paradox of feeling
  • Ragtime- Comedies

2nd year Interpretation


From Comedy of Art to Molière

  • The Suddenly comedy
  • The demi- masks of Comedy of Art
  • Characters, plots, jokes and sketches
  • Molière: the archetypes - Text analysis
  • Farce and "auteur comedy"

Comedy – Irony

  • Comedy: mechanism and dysfunction
  • Decomposition – “Comic timing” – “Gags”
  • Improvisation technique
  • Relation with the audience
  • Solitary entrances – The comic couple
  • The anomaly, the separation, the innocence
  • The allegorical - The grotesque - The deformation
  • The medieval and modern buffoon

Shakespeare – Theatre and Cinema

  • Tragedies and Comedies
  • The figure of the “Fool”
  • Monologues- Dialogues
  • Text analysis
  • Verses and prose
  • Power, folly, misunderstanding, premonition
  • Emotive journey of character
  • Catharsis
  • Scene and by-play
  • Non consequential interpretation of the plot
  • Video camera shots

3rd year Interpretation


The avant-garde Theatres of the ‘900

  • The Surrealist Theatre and the Absurd
  • Jarry, Beckett, Ionesco
  • The Cruelty Theatre: Artaud
  • The Epic Theatre: Brecht
  • Theatre and Figurative Arts
  • The Absurd at cinema: the Monty Python

The Modern Comedy

  • Farce - Situation comedy and repetition
  • Theatre in Theatre - Style Exercises
  • Frayn, “Noises Off”: backstage - the double
  • Eduardo’s Comedy
  • The author’s Comedy:  Labiche, Cechov, etc.
  • Comedy and cinema: noir, brilliant, grotesque

Satire and Parody of today

  • Costume satire: actuality
  • Imitation - Caricatures - Parody
  • Image and Frame
  • Cartoon and Comic strip
  • Sociology of media - intrinsic dysfunction
 

Use of voice in spoken language

  • Breathing: origins of sound
  • Breath support
  • Diaphragmatic respiration
  • Vibrations: sound amplification
  • The voice: channels of sound, resonators
  • Tone - Volume - Range
  • Syllabication - Phrasing - Articulation
  • Phonology, pronunciation and prosodic elements
  • Tonal height, accent, pause, intonation
  • Phonology related to movement and space
  • Poetical diction and diction dynamics
  • Meaning of a text in literature
  • Comprehension and communication
  • Interpretation: intention and subtext
  • Dramatic reading
  • Reading in verses and prose
  • Narration - Soliloquies
  • Monologue - Dialogue
  • Alteration - Deformation
  • Dramatic and resonant score
  • Onomatopoeia

Singing

  • Rhythmic and melodic practice
  • Harmonic practice
  • Jazz improvisation
  • Songs from Ethnic and popular repertoire
  • Choral and canon practice
  • Stage rhythm and movement
  • Percussion section

The Expressive Movement

  • The Mime - The art of gesture
  • Abstract movement
  • Stage architecture
  • Spaces - Movement dynamics
  • White pantomime - comic strips - acceleration
  • Body expression

Movement Techniques

  • Acrobatic elements
  • Afro-dance elements
  • Theatre-dance elements
  • Contemporary-dance elements
  • Martial arts elements
  • Relaxing and Byoenergetics
  • Economic movement: Feldenkrais
  • Choreographic construction

History of Theatre - Dramaturgy and Critics

  • From ancient theatre to contemporary ones
  • The dramaturgy
  • The great authors
  • The birth of cinema
  • Theatrical and cinematographic critic
  • Theatrical genre and acting methods
  • Naturalism and alienation
  • Psychological and playful structures

Writing Elements

  • Original writing: plot development
  • Original writing:  characters’ creation
  • Character’s story and profile
  • The cinema: subject and script

Practical training

  • Writing of a theatrical script
  • Themes, styles, temporary jumps
  • Free adaptation: sinthesis of a work

Direction Elements

  • The “Direction theatre” in Italy and abroad
  • Directions of “Art Theatre ”
  • Director’s functions

Practical Training

  • Structure of a play
  • Scenic languages’ choice
  • Linear, analogic, surreal, interactive directions
  • Theatrical literature directions
  • Roles’ assignation, relation with the actor
  • Space architecture, setting
  • The music, the costume, the set-designing  

Theatrical Pedagogy

  • The “training”
  • The didactic path
  • The pedagogical critic

Sector organization and disciplines

  • Basic elements of  business economics
  • Planning:  management and artistic aspects
  • Marketing and communication
  • Italian and European legislation

Theoretical subjects analyze the interpretative techniques used in the dramatic art’s academies, from cinematographic academies and theatrical acting once.