[Blueboard] A Master Class in Classical Acting

mvilches at ateneo.edu mvilches at ateneo.edu
Mon Dec 17 16:49:22 PHT 2012

The School of Humanities presents a Master Class in Classical Acting  
for 5 Saturdays in January-February 2013, to be conducted by Dr.  
Ricardo G. Abad, the SOH Artistic Consultant for Performing Arts.

Acting skills involve training for confidence and character building  
(readiness, voice, speech, tempo, imagery, movement, gesture, space,  
action, and character).  The workshops are designed specifically to  
foster greater artistic formation for Ateneo student groups in the  
performing arts.  Through these workshops, and under the guidance of  
Ricky Abad, we also hope to create synergy among Blue Repertory,  
Tanghalang Ateneo, Entablado, Blue Symphony, Ateneo Musicians Pool,  
Ateneo College Glee Club, and the Company of Ateneo Dancers.

A Master Class in Classical Acting
conducted by Dr. Ricardo Abad

Filipino actors trained in schools or theater companies tend to follow  
a realistic style where stress is placed on the inner life  
(motivation, self-discovery, characterization) than in a study of  
text, speech, and movement.  As a result, many realistic actors  
confess to difficulties switching from the contemporary language of  
realistic plays to the heightened language of Shakespeare and other  
classical texts.  In contrast, experience shows that actors trained in  
classical acting with the use of heightened text have an easier time  
switching to realistic drama and prove to be more versatile overall.

It is also unfortunate that many Filipino actors who do Shakespeare in  
Filipino do not benefit from a study of Shakespeare in English.   
English Shakespeare offers tremendous insights in understanding speech  
? its structure and rhythm, imagery and modes of delivery, among  
others ? that are very useful when performing Shakespeare in Filipino.  
  When combined with realistic and other non-realistic approaches, the  
study of classical acting becomes a very powerful training regimen to  
build truthful and convincing actors.

This master class is an attempt, in effect, to get down to basics: to  
begin with the classical tradition of performing heightened texts and  
to build unto it with contemporary approaches that will make  
Shakespeare and other classical playwrights (the Greek tragedians,  
Moliere, Calderon, Goethe, Rostand, among others, and even Filipino  
authors like Balagtas and our epics) resonate on the Philippine  
contemporary stage.

Five sessions this time: a sampler of more intensive master classes to  
come.  Readiness. Text. Voice. Speech. Tempo. Imagery. Movement.  
Gesture. Space. Action, Character.  Five sessions. Ten basic skills.   
All we need from you is to be present each time, do the work, and wear  
comfortable clothes during the sessions.

Sessions are scheduled for Saturday afternoons, 2-6 p.m.  January 12,  
29, 26, and February 2 and 9, 2013.  Venue to be announced.  A  
showcase will be held on February 9.

Associate Professor
Dean, School of Humanities
Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights 1108, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone (632) 4266001, Ext. 5300, 5301
Telephone & Fax (632)4261042

"I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
            -W.B. Yeats


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