INTENSIVE ACTING CLASSES
For amateur actors and theatre enthusiasts interested in exploring acting as a serious hobby or a conditional career, Tent Cinema’s one-one-of-a-kind intensive course in acting is a good first step.
The course begins by preparing the body for theatre, through basic stretch exercises to enhance flexibility, and through dance, to bring one’s focus back on rhythm, breath and movement.
Because art is not skill, and can neither be taught nor acquired, we train students to observe, and inculcate into their own processes, the gestures and behaviours of the others in the class. This process of behaviour acting is further enhanced when students are trained to listen to how they sound. Through voice culture exercises, and by helping students modulate pitch and volume to be most efficient on stage, students become more attuned to their minds and bodies, and get ready to act.
Then come the understanding of the Navarasas. If the first step towards acting is to make the whole world one’s own, the second step is to create the same feeling within the mind of the audience: to create belongingness. To create that effect, a director uses several elements from his craft booklet including colors, lights, properties, body, and movement. Students are trained in the Kalari style of movement, in the best use of language (as well as when, and how to use accents, and speak in the colloquial tongue) create and work with properties and set equipment, wearing makeup, as well as in acting for the camera.
The intensive course allows students enough time to watch world classics, which helps them understand, characterize, and relate to universally renowned characters. Classes are peppered with guest lectures from actors, directors and musicians in the industry.