PILLAR 2. Acting and Movement
In Acting and Movement courses, students (singers and repetiteurs) learn to become professional stage performers. They acquire improvising skills and get acquainted with acting methods; they learn to express themselves through movement and dance. At the end of the programme, students possess a range of tools to embody characters and emotions, and to communicate these to audiences.
The Movement Training program largely consists of two parts. During the first part, students focus on the body. Subjects taught include: standing and moving in a firm, yet relaxed, manner; finding and understanding the origins of tension and how one is able to deal with this; the maintenance of the breathing structures; how to warm-up and cool-down before and after singing; moving and falling in a natural though controlled manner; space awareness; moving alone and together.
During the second part, students inquire into the expressive possibilities of movement. Through specific research exercises, students explore and widen: their personal scope of movement and expression; their observational and analyzing capacities; how to feel and use the tension being created between all the singers on stage; how to translate a libretto or musical line into movement and spacing; how to tell a story or express thoughts and feelings without words.
These classes are focused on how the student is able to act on stage in different situations and exercises. The lessons contain monologues or scenes with partners based on text fragments or improvisation situations. We will train to feel more comfortable on stage in several situations and in playing together with partners. Fantasy, body posture, movement, language/speech are also elements that will be judged during this course.