Week 8 – Archiving the Work in Progress

For today’s lecture we had a guest lecturer Tamara Meneghini, she is the Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tamara spoke about her project “the great goddess bazaar” and the ideas of mask in theatre and performance. She started the lecture by asking what a mask is and together we concluded that the possibilities for what could be conceived as a mask are endless. Things which we concluded that could be a mask where clothing, language, wedding veils, make up, hair and body piercings. She then moved on to explaining how masks are relevant to her production, the great goddess bazaar is a one women performance exploring a range of women in the current American media including a politician, a solider and a house wife. So the question was how one woman can portray all these personas, easy answer by using a mask.

Tamara’s company tried using actual masks but they became too limiting and so she had to find new inspiration, what do all women have, and the answer she came to was shoes. All women love shoes so why not change shoes with each character. Also the concept of feet and shoes are something very close to Tamara’s heart, she finds feet very interesting as they are the part of our body that keeps us grounded to the earth, before we can do any movement we must move through our feet.

Tamara then went on to explain the power that emotions have and how we as actors can use emotions, the best practical inspiration for emotions is the Rassas boxes which address sadness, rage, love, fear, disgust, courage and laughter. To successfully portray these elements we first must get in touch with our own breath as breath is the core to every movement, sound and being of an actor.  The final thing that Tamara mentioned was style and how we must engage with our own style, but how do we define style Tamara herself does not have a complete definition but she likes to share one given to her by a student. Style is “A thousand nameless little things that nobody knows but everybody feels”

With Tarmaras’ lecture completed we moved on to the practical part of this session. The first thing that my group did was decided that we need to complete the filming for our project soon and so we have set the date for filming at Saturday the 13th April 2013. With a goal to no reach we had some minor loose ends that needed tying up firstly we needed vows and secondly Lucy’s  promises are no longer appropriate and so these needed to be altered.

For the vows we wanted something legally binding and religious so we have chosen

“I, take you, to be my friend, my lover, the mother of my children and my wife. I will be yours in times of plenty and in times of want, in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow, in times of failure and in times of triumph. I promise to cherish and respect you, to care and protect you, to comfort and encourage you, and stay with you, for all eternity.” (http://www.itakeyou.co.uk/wedding-ideas/traditional-religious-wedding-vows.htm)

We chose these vows as they symbolise the pain and difficulty the couple have to go through to make this wedding real and the strength of the love required to make it through the other side. For the promises we chose to keep to poetic rhythm of Lucy’s promises but changed the words to more relevant words for this we chose-

Oh Love, Oh Cage,

Oh Love, Oh Prison,

A desperate little love, a heart with no freedom

My Love, My Truth

My Love, Their Laws

Together we fight, apart we fall

With these loose ends tied up we had to agree on the location of the filming and what shots we wish to take. For the location we have chosen West Ham Park as this is scenic and has wedding gazebos. For the shot ideas I will look into these in my own time.

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