movement for actors & singers finding full facility of the moving body
Movement is a crucial part of training for actors and singers. In order to reveal ideas and portray characters convincingly and passionately, actors and singers must have full facility of his performing body. DeAnna has worked with actors at Boston University, The Huntington Theater, Pondicherry University (India) and University of Calicut (India); she has worked with opera singers at Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Capella Clausura. Using improvisation, Listening Strategies, Action Theater, 1,000 voices, Laban Movement Analysis, collaborative generation of movement, storytelling, movement/theater games; research materials (readings, personal stories, poetry, video archives, etc.), and a healthy respect for whimsy, DeAnna creates a workshop environment that invites inspiration, allowing the creative process to breathe.
TRAINING METHODS 1. LISTENING STRATEGIES (www.paulineoliveros.us / www.deeplistening.org) Deep Listening® expands the potential for connection and interaction among performers on stage. ‘Listening Strategies’ exist as a method of concentration, cultivating consciousness of the entire body and all of its senses.
2. ACTION THEATER (www.actiontheater.com) Action Theater is an improvisational physical theater training and performance method created by Ruth Zaporah. The practice of Action Theater incorporates the disciplined exploration of embodied exercises that lead to increased skills of strong, clear, spontaneous, and artful communication.
The exercises of Action Theater isolate the components of action - time, space, shape and energy -- so they can be examined, experienced, and altered in order to expand the expressive palette. Students increase their ability to hold and express emotion, dance with their own poetry and recover lost personal material. Composition, listening and relationship are de-constructed to be re-assembled with greater awareness. Acting from a sense of play, students are encouraged to venture into transpersonal realms, accessing intelligence more encompassing and boundless than their personal experience.
3. 1,000 VOICES (www.paulajosajones.org) 1,000 Voices is a movement practice developed by Paula Josa-Jones to both train the body and generate movement. Practitioners isolate, move from and give voice to individual parts of the body, in increasing granularity. From whole body movement, to body halves, to a specific point on the body from the inside of the left wrist to the space between two cells, and every point in between.
4. LABAN MOVEMENT ANALYSIS (LMA) (www.limsonline.org) Devised by the Hungarian-born dance artist and theorist, Rudolph Laban (1879-1958), Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is comprised of a comprehensive vocabulary, theory and analytic framework for identifying and enhancing the many aspects of human movement. LMA examines movement through the interrelated components of Body, Effort, Shape and Space. How an individual uses and attends to these components determines his or her unique movement signature. Once these are identified, the potential for expanding one’s nonverbal communication and enlivened expressivity may be tapped.