Embodying the elements

by Lian Sutton | 5 November 2019 | Posted in: Theatre

This article is taken from a master class, created by Lian for our Kuala Lumpur TaPS and IB workshop, hosted by Tim Howe and the International School of Kuala Lumpur in September 2019. These master class resource packs are a ‘gold mine’ of a resource for educators whether teaching DP Theatre or another HS Theatre course. With artistic, cultural and historical information about the focal point as well as resources, the pack is an ideal resource to ‘kick off’ a unit of work.

Learning outcomes
During this master class, we will:
– explore imagery of the four elements of nature (earth, water, fire and air) in the body;
– broaden our understanding of the elements through mask work;
– use our explorations to begin to create characters for performance.

What to expect
The master class will begin with warm up exercises to check in with the body and connect to the imagination before diving into Michael Chekhov’s four qualities of movement and their associative elements. This will then be expanded with exercises reflecting silat tua’s understanding of the elements and how the element images are used to express one’s natural movement. Participants will then work with the element masks with the intention of creating new discoveries by letting go of any preconceived notions of the elements’ characteristics. Throughout the master class participants will be asked to reflect on the implications of this work on character building and movement analysis.

The following text was extracted from an article written by Lian Sutton for eTropic 17.2 (2018) Tropical Imaginaries in Living Cities.

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