In previous and todays class, we touched base on our collaborative project. As all of the members have at least 2 years of practical and academic experience in theatre, we created an audit to share our thoughts and background in theatre.
An Audit of the theatrical experiences
Interestingly, there were some overlaps between one another’s experience. I was also surprised that, even though we have spend more than 2 years as a cohort, our theatrical interest and passion lies in different fields. For instance, one of our classmates is strongly interested in dramaturgical aspects, whereas some of the classmates enjoyed training their physicality. With this audit, I think that we can utilize each of our prior knowledge and talents to contribute to the creation of a high-quality performance.
Next, we created a mind map to answer the following questions: What have you done? How has your theatre practice developed? What are you good/not good at? What have you seen? What have you witnessed as an audience member? What key experiences have shaped your theatrical taste? What sort of theatre are you interested in making and why?
A concluding statement about what were you able to bring to the collaborative project from your personal theatrical history?
Next, in order to divide 7 people into groups in the most efficient manner, we identified ourselves as an actor, director, and coworker by creating a mind-map. The mind-maps helped us to promote ourselves to other workers, because once we form the team, we have to put our best efforts as a team to produce the best outcome. Each actor promoted herself for 1 minute by identifying her strengths and sharing goals that she would like to achieve through the collaborative project. Each actor was allowed to open herself to questions.
CHRIS: abstract, but meaningful to the audience, adopting novel and poem (Q: subverting story? A: no but in a different style)/ Strength - organizational skills, creative ideas, directing experience
ROH: abstract and physical performance, examining social issue (remaking the story or the existing performance), unifying different themes, symbolization, object
TINA: inspiration from Pina Bausch, using elements such as water and earth , use of walls, abstract, spiritual performance that symbolizes the emotional status, Strength = energy
SUNHEE: physical theatre, props, each character having distinctive personality, No comedy
DY: Drawing inspiration from novels such as Han Kang’s ‘Vegetarian’, Bernard Welber’s Humanity / examining the same story from the perspective of the outliers/ Absurdism & Nihilism / Artaud: ritualistic elements
IRENE: using elements such as water, fire, earth / the use of earn in The Play by Samuel Beckett