Professor David Grenke will be generating physical theatre, dance/theatre research material through the class.
Radical and extreme physical exploration
Relentless attention to detail and nuance
Thoughtful, intuitive and process oriented individuals
The work is dance/theatre based and rooted in extreme physical theatre. Foundational training in some performance discipline (dance, acting, martial arts) is helpful but not required. Text and movement will be involved.
This class incrementally works through the steps of learning a role and bringing a role to life. This begins with the simplest technical elements of a performer’s tasks in developing a character, and includes discussion of the piece being learned: period, location, research and personal additional choices to be made by the performer. The range of elements explored are: speech, dialect or varying dialects, physicality, vocal demands of each individual character, the study of the musical score and the embodiment of the character’s singing.
Lecture/laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: course 120 and consent of instructor. Limited enrollment. Study of psycho-physical techniques to create characters with an emphasis on non-realistic styles. May be repeated up to eight units for credit. Since acting requires repetition to habituate the body and imagination to new practices, this course may be taken twice. New scripts and scenes must be undertaken in the repetition. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum | OL, VL.
Learn the art of scenic design from Emmy-winning artist and UC Davis Professor John Iacovelli. The course covers scene design processes, working drawings, sketching techniques, scale models, methods and materials of scenery construction.