1. What I did during today’s studio, lesson, class, workshop. (activity)
I first did our normal warm-ups and practiced rolling backward (?) After that, each theatre member expressed and showed a situation of the “diving accident” in three different tableaus using only our bodies. Although in the beginning, we were allowed to use the whole classroom without any limitations, for our final showcase, we had to stand on small boxes, like actual statues displayed in a museum. Towards the end of the class, we checked off our “skills” that will somehow be useful for our future Physical Theatre activities. We could use various techniques and skills, including humming, doing a cartwheel, and reading a map.
2. How do I feel about the work I did today? (reflection)
Unlike how I felt after my previous Physical Theatre class, I felt less comfortable and worried. Generally, I’m not a very athletic or flexible person, and never even thought of doing all sorts of tricks with my body. But in Physical Theatre class, those skills are the main traits that the actor should have to perform and make a high-quality scene for the audience to watch. However, if I work on improving those skills harder and try to come out of my comfort zone, I’ll gradually get better. I had so much fun with all the activities we did and felt glad to have signed up for this class.
3. What did I learn, discover, or explore that was “new” to me today? This can include the skills inventory. (Perception)
I discovered many more skills required in Physical Theatre than simply knowing how to do a summersault and juggle. The Skills Inventory included numerous small and meticulous parts of the whole performance, such as knowing how to build a fire or running fast, which were interesting. It also allowed me to think of things like my “skill,” something that I can regard as proud of or considered a useful talent, and boost my confidence a little.
4. What did I “see” or “experience” that I already knew about “theatre” today, and how was it “confirmed” to me? (Confirmation) OR What did I see or experience that ‘challenged’ my understanding or assumptions about theatre, and how was it challenged? (Flexibility)
I experienced expressing my ideas through motions and gestures, in this case, drowning in the sea while diving, which was similar to what I did in Acting and Ensemble class last semester.
5. What was my major area(s) of strength and weaknesses in the work today that I need to focus on to become a better…. “physical theatre” person? (self-evaluation)
My major area of weakness is not being able to do most of the movements, such as doing a cartwheel or backrolling. In Physical Theatre, it is important and perhaps be a crucial factor in determining the audiences’ satisfaction level when watching the performance and raising the overall quality of the acting scene. I think that I’m pretty good at expressing myself and actually “act,” but since this class requires acting and needs more skills related to physicality, I will have to focus on gaining those skills and not being afraid to make mistakes.
6. Finally, think about how you might use today’s work in your future theatre endeavors. How might you use it, how might it connect, what might it influence in your work? (Application)
I think all this work can help me to reduce my stress and become more creative. Unlike when I’m formally studying in a quiet environment, I don’t get stressed out or tired after doing the Physical Theatre activities, and it will also help me stay healthy and fit well.
Skills Inventory P1
Skills Inventory P2