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    The Juilliard School
   
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
College Catalog 2017-2018
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DRAMA 101-2 — Dramatic Interpretation I

14 credits
Full Year
Faculty

Approaching the Play (Text Analysis): A first-semester course detailing examination and explanation of a play. Students identify a play’s theme, its structure, and its character relationships. By discovering how to analyze a text and to appreciate a whole play, the student will be better able to approach a specific role in it and to do useful research and homework for rehearsal. (Combined studies)

Ballroom Dancing: Ballroom dancing engages the actor to explore another side of storytelling (solo/monologue, dance partner/scene partner, team/company). Each dance explores the ways in which people move through their lives physically and psychologically and how each dance has a different point of view and tells a different story. This first semester class focuses on increasing muscle memory as well as physical and mental presence. The work practices ceremony, grace, body-mind connection, sportsmanship and the equal importance of leading and following. The work culminates in a formal ballroom competition including well-known and highly respected judges and master-of-ceremonies from the professional ballroom world. (Combined studies)

Improvisation: Aims to free students from self-consciousness, fear and pretense, and to enhance their powers for concentration; to foster a full awareness and control of their inner resources; through a broad spectrum of improvisation, to expand the imagination and to encourage expression, interaction and temperament. (Undergraduates only)

Masks: Second-semester improvisation on large themes, including mythology and poetic texts, incorporating the wearing of simple masks. The work is designed to free the student from self-consciousness and to release imaginative impulses leading to uninhibited physical expression together with economy of gesture. (Combined studies)

Play: A first-semester introduction to exploring the actor’s imagination and engaging the important and essential instinct “to play.” Emphasis on improvisation, games, risk-taking, listening and observation through partnering and group exercise work. Students strive to employ these skills in their other class and rehearsal work. (Undergraduates only)

Point of View I: POV (Point of View) is a year- long course of study that carries through all four years of the training. The aim of the course is to help the students see their training and their art in a larger context — historical, political, and artistic. On a regular basis, interwoven with their training in voice, movement, and acting, they see, meet, work with other artists from theater and other art forms (dance, music, architecture) and encounter scientists, politicians, and activists. In these encounters with multiple points of view, students develop their own sense as actors, artists, and citizens. (Combined studies)

Rehearsal Projects I: Throughout the year, students are cast in plays and rehearse them under the guidance of professional directors. Plays are selected to challenge the students in a variety of progressively demanding ways. The rehearsal projects are laboratory exercises for exploring an actor’s process and are not aimed toward performance results. Casting is determined by the needs of the training rather than the demands of the play. While the projects are developed to a point at which they are shared with an audience of fellow students and faculty, they are not “produced” but are shown in a room with only basic rehearsal clothes, props, and furniture. These projects are also yardsticks for measuring the degree to which the student is able to apply and integrate what has been learned in the various classes. (Combined studies)

Scene Study I: This second semester course builds upon the work explored in the Improvisation classes and aims to free students from self-consciousness in order to emphasize the requisite sense of process needed to explore the initial stages of work on scenes. (Combined studies)

Seminar in Improvisational Techniques: Aims to free students from self-consciousness, fear and pretense, and to enhance their powers for concentration; to foster a full awareness and control of their inner resources; through a broad spectrum of improvisation, to expand the imagination and to encourage expression, interaction and temperament. This class meets as a whole group once a week. Feedback is constant and evaluation is based on work on assignments and daily exercises. (Combined studies)



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