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The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts | Evaluated Learning Experience

Michael Chekhov Technique for Actors (DAN223) Stage Combat II (DAN212)

Location: 
The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 
Courses 1 or 2: 15 hours (4 weeks).
Dates: 

Courses 1 or 2: September 2009 - December 2013.*

Learner Outcomes: 
Course 1: Approach acting through the basic principles and exercises outlined in Chekhov's book To the Actor, including psycho/physical exercises, character work, and ensemble improvisation. Course 2: Apply basic principles and safety factors to unarmed stage combat.
Instruction: 
Course 1: This class explores Michael Chekhov's "psycho-physical" approach to acting through the basic principles and exercises outlined in Chekhov's book To the Actor, including psycho/physical exercises, character work, and ensemble improvisation. Each class begins with a warm-up specifically designed to develop the organic connection between the actor's inner life, creative imagination and expressive body. Through the rigorous practice of Chekhov's core exercises students explore: Archetypes, Imaginary Centers, Imaginary Body, Character Atmospheres, Overall Scenic Atmospheres, Qualities of Movement, Imaginary Place and Psychological Gesture, and on-camera adjustments. Course 2: Students engage in exercises to illustrate various concepts, such as body centering and grounding, slaps, punches, chokes, slaps, punches, kicks, and reactions.
Credit recommendation: 
Courses 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/09). NOTE: Courses 1 and 2 must both be completed to receive credit. *NOTE: Earlier versions of these courses are listed separately.

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