Embodying Text (DRA4162.01)

Kirk Jackson

We will engage in an investigation of textual analysis for performance of Shakespeare: scansion, rhythm, sense stress, image work, phonetic phraseology, etc. We will study the structure of the verse and the elements of rhetoric as the primary source for an actor’s investigation and performance of a role. We will explore techniques for enlivening that analysis in the performer’s body. We will study how heightened language combined with personalization, characterization, and the actor-audience relationship informs the physical, vocal, emotional, and intellectual responsiveness of an actor. Recent developments in anti-black, and race/gender consciousness as regards Shakespeare will be addressed. Course content will focus on sonnets, speeches, and soliloquies.

Learning Outcomes:
Understanding and developing facility with the rhetorical structure of Shakespearean verse.
Performative progress in bringing Shakespeare's language to life.
Generate a general appreciation for the aural tradition of sharing Shakespeare's language.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Actors Instrument or another 2000 level Performance based class or permission of instructor. Preference will be given to students who email the faculty member (kjackson2@bennington.edu) on a first come first serve basis.
Corequisites: A Dance/Drama Lab is Required.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Drama , Four Credit , Fully In-Person
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