Neutral Masque

School of Drama: Movement

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Neutral Masque

Fall 2019

Taught By: Shelley Wyant

Section: A

CRN: 4199

Credits: 1

Much of this work is based on the work of teacher and philosopher Francois DelSarte and his System of Expression. He divides the body into three zones: the Mental Zone (includes the forehead and eyes, head, hands and feet), the Moral Zone (includes the nose and cheeks, chest and arms), and the Vital Zone (includes the mouth and chin, abdomen and legs). DelSarte also works with the notion of thermometers. Passion is exhibited through expressive shoulders and hips. Will is expressed through degrees of tension in elbows and knees. Vitality is expressed by using the wrist and the ankles. We will begin with the neutral mask and "appetizers" which include exercises called transformation, explore the room and the four stages of man. The "main course" investigates the elements of a "hinge moment" or moment of change. The elements of the hinge moment are breathing, footfall, fourth wall, focus and knees. Ideas for hinge moments come from fairy tales, mythology, the bible, Shakespeare and paintings.

Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Movement (TMVT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:30pm 11/22/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Building: Drama 151 Bank

Room: 106

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019