Physical Theatre Techniques

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  • Created on: 09-05-19 16:59
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  • Physical Theatre
    • not moving
      • If the stage is full of characters moving, immobility can have a powerful effect.
    • Mime
      • This usually means stylised movement but can be comparatively realistic.
    • Status
      • This may be executed by use of levels or by distance or strength of contact, or a combination of all of these with voice work.
    • Stance
      • his is associated with strength as the body could radiate assertion and authority or weakness by stance, incorporating posture.
    • Movement
      • Every movement needs to be rehearsed with precision
    • Gesture
      • A gesture may be something small but can have emotional impact or it can be a particular movement that defines a character.
    • Proximity
      • ow close or far you are from your co-performers can be a source of very powerful impact. For example, the threatening gangster who  speaks to his victim from a distance of perhaps a couple of inches.
    • Harshness and tenderness
      • Used here as umbrella terms to focus on the fact that in physical work the gestures and bigger movements come together to express the emotions of the piece.
    • Mask work
      • The impact of a mask is visual and without the facial features to show action, movement becomes an even more central performance instrument.
    • canon
      • Something occurring one after another
    • Synchronization
      • Synchronization is the coordination of events to operate a system in unison
    • unison
      • doing things at the same time as somone else
    • repetition
      • Reapeting an action for effect
    • Chair work
      • Working on chairs for an effet
    • Hymn hands
      • physically interact with a partner using only each others hands


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