The Neutral Mask: From Movement to Acting
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NACT 3341
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
In preparing for an acting role, what comes before acting technique and the study of the character? This theatre arts and movement course is about (re)discovering the neutral state-–a human condition without preconceptions, judgments, and biases. From imagined environments, the wearer of the neutral mask receives sensory input. Through exercises and structured improvisations, participants find a state of equilibrium and economy of movement. The student's point of focus is to develop keener awareness of one’s self and of one’s surroundings. This creates an optimal state from which to begin a study of acting technique or a character study. The course is designed as an introduction to or refresher course in acting and movement studies for all students of the performing arts, for educators, and for anyone interested in exploring the neutral state. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.