College of Fine Arts and Communication

Research and Creative Activities

Colloquium 3 — May 4, 2007 — Ruth Marder Studio Theatre

“Step On A Crack:  A Hard Act to Follow” and Discussion
Diane Sadak, Department of Theatre Arts 

In this 20-minute discussion and reading/presentation, I would be giving a brief overview of my research over the past 8 years with Extended Voice work, its connection to the human psyche, and how it specifically relates to performance training as well as work in the social sciences, behavioral sciences, health sciences and psychology.

The specific title of the work-in-progress I will discuss and perform brief excerpts from is a new one-woman show entitled “Step On A Crack:  A Hard Act to Follow”, a piece I began writing at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2004, and worked through to its 6th draft while on sabbatical at the Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

The presentation will begin with a brief history of the Roy Hart “extended voice” pedagogical history, followed by my personal odyssey to create this work and samples of utilizing Roy Hart techniques to shape and rehearse this script.  I have a student working with me on the show who is deeply connected to the subject matter of the piece, bi-polar disorder among high-functioning women, and will be making connections with various departments pre-May 4th to ensure audience development for a complete read-through of the piece at the Marder Theatre on May 12-13.

Turning Aside–in Search of Grace
Susan Mann speaks to Film and Video classA Sabbatical Psalm from Spring 2006
Susan Mann, Department of Dance

This report chronicles the sabbatical reflections and discoveries of Susan Mann, and encourages faculty members preparing for sabbaticals to consider the benefits of an existential approach.   The report includes references to Feldenkrais technique, a therapeutic approach to re-patterning movement choices. It also provides bibliographic information for dance composition, physiognomy and creativity, as well as information about new study abroad and alumni week initiatives for the dance program.

Music Education in Vietnam
Cecylia Barczyk, Department of Music

From March 23 through April 10 Cecylia Barczyk toured Vietnam on the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam. In her presentation she will share the programs of her concerts and workshops and report on the state of the higher education in Vietnam, particularly in the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Conservatories of Music. She will also speak about the plans of future collaborations with the institutions of higher education in Vietnam.


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