Acting 1

Discipline: Drama
Instructor: Rosenfield
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1540
End: 1655
Field Work: Day 5 | Japan Download Syllabus

This beginning course examines the fundamentals of acting. It provides theoretical background and practical experience in performing through exercises, improvisation, scenework and analysis, with emphasis on concentration, physical movement, and creativity. We will explore a basic vocabulary of acting and an approach to text through action. A component of this course will be attending and analyzing performances in the countries visited.

Field Work

Country: Japan
Day: 5

Students will travel to Takarazuka to see The Rose of Versailles: Oscar and Andre at the Takarazuka Review.   Takarzuka Revue is an all-female performance troupe that has been active since 1921.  Their performances are a stunning example of contemporary Japanese culture, blending spectacular costumes with Broadway style performances. After the show we will visit the Takarazuka gift shop and the Salon de Takarazuka (a mini review museum) and enjoy lunch in the Grand Theatre. The students will analyze Takarazuka acting, including consideration of cross gender performance and the fusion of Japanese and western performance style.
Academic Objectives:
  1. Experience Contemporary Japanese performance.
  2. Understand the development of a specific style of Japanese musical theatre.
  3. Explore the fusion of contemporary Japanese and western acting styles.
  4. Analyze cross gender performance within contemporary Japanese culture.
  5. Learn to write an effective critique and analysis of a world theatre production.