ABSTRACT

The exercise of statues, in its various incarnations, is also useful to refresh the elements of spinal engagement and specific foot to floor relationship. Standing statues requires that the actor expand and contract the body from the closed, neutral position, to the fully realized statue. In order to travel from the neutral shape to the shape of the statue, the spine must be engaged and follow a clear trajectory. Some texts and performance situations invite the use of abstracted or heightened movement. In work with post-modern and absurdist texts, students have experimented with keeping some of the actions at 100 percent to embody heightened moments of character and context.