Physicality, text, sound, music- these are some of the areas touched upon while developing skills in performance. The emphasis is on building a vocabulary of performance techniques. These techniques can include breathing, movement improvisation, and voice modulation, as well as exercises in awareness and musicality. These ‘tools of performance’ can be drawn from local sub-continental performance traditions as well as from contemporary global performance phenomena. The course will proceed in a series of ‘etudes’ or studies which will result in small performance ‘moments’ or phrases. Some of the coursework will be based on texts and scripts to be chosen afresh each semester. Other coursework can be based on non-textual concepts.
No previous experience is required. This course is mandatory for all students wanting to pursue a minor in performing arts.