Greek theatre lesson 2

Greek Theatre
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Greek Theatre

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Recap last week
Any chorus-performances we missed?

New vocabulary
Performance assignment

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What did we learn last week from the chorus exercise?

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Vocabulary last lesson
Unison: to do something at the same time.

Chorus: A group of performers who sing, speak, dance and move in unison.

Repetition: The repeating of a word, phrase, movement or gesture.

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Today we add...



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First things that come to mind?

Now what do you think a 'gesture' is?
a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning:

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To exaggerate 
To exaggerate
to make something seem larger, more important, better, or worse than it really is (overdrijven)
After watching this video, what do you think 'to exaggerate' means? What did they do to exaggerate the electric shock of Harry?

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What do these pictures have in common?
alone, without other people

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Read the prologue to Beauty & the Beast

Prologue = a short introduction held before a literary/musical/dramatic production
On to today's assignment!

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 Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a
              shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired,
              the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one
              winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and
              offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter
              cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at
              the gift and turned the old woman away, but she warned him not
              to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within.
              And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness
              melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince
              tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that
              there was no love in his heart, and as punishment, she
              transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a
              powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there.
              Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself
              inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to
              the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an
              enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first
              year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in
              return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would
              be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for
              all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost
              all hope, for who could ever learn to love a beast?

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Watch the part of the video that comes with the prologue 
On to today's assignment!

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Today's assignment

In small groups of three to six, create a short performance to the prologue from Beauty and the Beast with a focus on speaking and moving in chorus.

Experiment with:

  • Choral moments (move as one/speak in unison)
  • Gestures (movement of a part of the body to express an idea/feeling)
  • Exaggerate some gestures- this makes it interesting to watch
  • Solo: each person has one solo movement and/or text

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Which parts really worked - why?
What didn't work - why?
What you liked/disliked - why?

* Try to involve the words unison, repetition, chorus, gestures, exaggeration & solo in your feedback!

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