• J-Term Application Now Available Online

    by  • November 5, 2012 • Undergraduate Physical Theatre, Undergraduate Programs, Workshops • 0 Comments

    The 2013 J-Term Application is now available online and can be accessed on the Application/Downloadssection of the website. Held from January 6 – 18, 2013 it is the perfect opportunity to spend time abroad between semesters. While attending the J-Term students live and work at the Villa Godiola located in the Tuscan hills overlooking the medieval city of Arezzo, Italy.

    It’s an inspiring location and an inspiring program, here’s what the 2013 J-Term has to offer:

    Commedia dell’Arte and the Masked Actor (Leather Mask Making and Acting Workshop)
    Discover the art of one of the great traditions of the professional actor in both Western and Eastern worlds–the masked actor, with an emphasis on Commedia dell’arte.

    Leather Mask Making:
    Students will learn how to make leather masks under the tutorage of famed mask maker Torbjörn Alström. They will be able to use the masks they create in the acting workshop with Fabio Mangolini. This gives students the unique opportunity to create a character from initial idea or design to performative being.

    Michele Botinni teaching a Commedia Class

    In the acting portion students begin with the exploration of rhythms, energy levels and vectors of a physical performer, workshop participants will then engage in a study of the body with a mask and the intricate relationship between the mask and the audience.

    Survey of social groups with the masks of Commedia dell’arte, as well as character types, will guide improvisation exercises and lead to uncovering the structure of Commedia.

    Applying techniques of improvisation, both with and without masks, as well as rhythm, contrast and intensity between characters, participants will understand the construction of classical Commedia dell’arte scenes and create a canovaccio (script) of Commedia.


    Learn more about the J-Term and download the application on the Accademia dell’Arte website



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