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The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts | Evaluated Learning Experience

Stage Combat II/Michael Chekhov Technique (DAN224)

Formerly: 
DAN212 and DAN223
Location: 
The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, 39 West 19th Street, New York, NY.
Length: 
30 hours (4 weeks). 
Dates: 

June 2010 - December 2013.*

Learner Outcomes: 
Apply basic principles and safety factors to unarmed stage combat; 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.
Instruction: 
Students engage in exercises to illustrate various concepts, such as body centering and grounding, slaps, punches, chokes, slaps, punches, kicks, and reactions. This class also 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.
Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Theatre, Drama, Communications, or Radio and Television (6/09). *NOTE: Earlier versions of these courses are listed separately or in other groupings.

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