Moving through air and pretending to be a motorcycle

Arezzo Travel Blog

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Today I had movement where we did the warm up we did yesterday and then went into the movement consciousness of different elements. We did air, water, fire, and earth. Each was completely different physically and quite exhausting. As the water I became a free flowing languid being while as air I was a complete sprite. It was really interesting to think about how approaching a character from a physicality standpoint at first would be so helpful. Brian, our teacher, talked about how elements like fire could inspire you if you were playing a character with Parkinson's disease. It was all very interesting and my favorite was being of the earth because it got me out of my body. Then in voice we did a lot of work with relaxing our tongues. I did the tongue pushups I was used to with Cynthia Bassham, an acting teacher at UCI, but then we started going more in depth with the tongue. Kevin Crawford our teacher worked in a lot of what we were doing in movement to apply to our voice. We would stay on the same pitch and then assume different stances or positions like King, Queen and princess. Then he had us play with the cracks in our voice and there was a crazy range of what people did. It ran the gamut from gorillas in heat to old men. My voice sounded exactly like a motorcycle and I played around with the levels. It totally freed up all the weird pockets I had been holding onto in my voice and was very effective. Now off to Italian and then later I have a tutorial on the characters of Commedia Dell Arte
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