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    The Juilliard School
  Feb 25, 2018
College Catalog 2017-2018
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DRAMA 103-4 — Dramatic Techniques I

10 credits
Full Year

Alexander Technique: A mind-body method for becoming aware of and changing movement habits. Focus is on the development of awareness of oneself in movement — to recognize and learn how to release excess tension and to change those habits of movement which interfere with the free and centered use of the body. (Undergraduates only)

Fundamentals of Movement: First semester — Development of creative and effective relationships to space, time, gravity, behavior, energy, imagery, music, breath, text, and relationship communication. The work is impulse driven, dynamic, and grounded in full use of the imagination. Second semester–Laboratory of work focused on introduction of Laban effort shaping and the practical exploration of all aspects of gesture, including graphic, emotional, unconscious, and theatrical. Partial emphasis on eradicating gestural habits and providing a process of expanding gestural vocabulary. Working in all magnitudes, staying grounded in emotional truth. (Combined studies)

Individual Voice Instruction: In the first semester, students work with teachers in individual sessions to identify vocal challenges and target these areas immediately to focus and enhance the training. (Undergraduates only)

Movement I: A class designed to increase the physical range of the student through stretching, flexibility, and strengthening exercises. Emphasis is placed on rhythm, phrasing, dynamic, intent, and moving in space. The class integrates the process of the Alexander Technique. (Combined studies)

Music Studies I: An introduction to the basic elements of musical composition, including melody, harmony, rhythm, counterpoint, and orchestral color. Featured are two continuous threads of special interest: live performance in class by Juilliard singers and pianists, and a concentration on music written for the theater from the Middle Ages to Wagner. (Combined studies)

Speech: Concentration on the formation of the individual sounds of spoken English and the development of an ability to speak clearly, expressively, and without impediments. (Undergraduates only)

Stage Combat: In the second semester, students engage in practical study of the essential ingredients of safe, effective, well-acted stage fights: partnering, attacks, defense, falls, chokes, rolls, and the contributions of the actor to the process of creating and managing comic or dramatic stage fights. Although predominantly focused on unarmed work, swordplay will be briefly introduced and integrated into the overall experience. (Combined studies)

Voice: Devoted to the examination and practice of the basic principles of breathing, resonance, placement, and diction. This work continues throughout the four years with a view to developing vocal stamina, resonance, range, and flexibility which can then be fused with the student’s imaginative, creative process. (Undergraduates only)

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