Instructor: Greg Pierotti
Week 3 and 4
The affect we project to an audience is entirely dependent on the quality of our connection to ourselves and to our environment. If our connection is discursive and fear based, our affect and presence are diminished. If our connection is attentive and courageous our affect and presence is magnetic. Our relationship to our audience, our environment, and the experience of our own instruments – our past histories, our present energy, and our fears and aspirations about the future – creates the unique affect in the moment of performance. This is presence.
In this workshop, students will train in a process that helps them locate their personal power as actors. That physical and energetic power can then be carried into any performance they share with an audience. Students will train in just being a performer owning her/his own power while being observed by others. Being fully and nakedly present – physically, vocally and energetically – is a heroic act that resonates with audiences powerfully.
To find their way to fuller presence, students engage in physical/vocal training through Fitzmaurice Voicework. They will practice a variety of exercises to connect them to the energy centers of the body as pathways to a variety of performance energies. Finally, using a variety of compositional practices including Affect Theatre (the devising practice developed by Pierotti and his collaborator Cristiana Giordano), students will structure short theatrical pieces based on a Shakespearean text and their own research. Over the course of the two weeks students will share these pieces in progress with larger and larger groups. Titrating the experience of being seen from small to finally quite large audiences assists students in carrying their physical presence work into more highly charged performance contexts.