Transformation and Disjointed
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The actor uses his/her expressive skills to change from being one character to another in the full view of the audience. The actor may rely solely on movement and gesture to change characters. The character transformation can be done in slow motion or quickly depending on the purpose of the character change. An actor may use dialogue to support this shift in character but expressive skills are essential if the audience is to understand and 'believe' the actor is now playing a different character. The actor's performance presence and energy are important so they present different characters in any transformation. Sometimes a character transformation is supported by an object or a simple item of costume. Other examples include morphing, snap transitions and line repetition.
How an object is used determines its function in a performance. For example, a piece of fabric laid out on the floor becomes a dining room table, a bed, or a boat. It can then be draped abou an actor to represent a cloak, a tent, and a load of hay the character is carrying. A walking stick can be transformed to help change character from an old man to a young boy fishing. An object transformation can assist a change in place, time or character.
How space is used is determined by the imaginary places conveyed in the performance. For example, an empty space can become a ship on the high seas. Performances can often be set in multiple places with the actors transforming the space by the way they move in it. Again, objects can assist the actor to turn the space into a new place as the drama moves from one place to the next.
- PERFORMANCE LEVELS
- PERFORMANCE SPACE
Performances can move around in time as well as place. Moving backwards and forwards in time from a central point and so the timeline for the performance is disjointed. Flashbacks are scenes that take place in the past (from the time the main action takes place in) and flashforwards take place in the future.
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