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Interdisciplinary Arts


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts
Interdisciplinary Movement
Bartenieff: Six Developmental Stages
Alexander Technique

Chapter 2. Theatre
Getting Started: Connecting to the Text
Preparing a Scene
Body: The Actor’s Instrument
Stage Awareness
Props and Costumes
Collaborative Team

Chapter 3. Dance and Movement
Laban: Still Forms
Centering the Body: 12 Principles of Bartenieff Fundamentals
Preparing for the Work
The Creative Impulse
Intent: Moving With Purpose
Laban’s Effort Factors
Mise en scène
Collaborative Team

Chapter 4. Visual Arts
Visual Arts
Value and Contrast

Chapter 5. Dance and Theatre
Integrating Dance and Theatre: Poem Performance Using Laban’s Efforts
Overview of the Process
The Process in Detail
Assimilation of Feedback, Development, and Rehearsal

Chapter 6. Visual Arts and Dance
Integrating Visual Arts With Dance: Wearable or Scenic Art
Overview of the Process
Overview of the Concepts Used in the Project

Chapter 7. Theatre and Visual Arts
Integrating Theatre and Visual Arts: In/Out Masks
Overview of the Process
Overview of the Concepts Used in the Project
Arts-Based Research
Development: Creating Your In/Out Mask
Developing the Monologue

Chapter 8. All Three Art Forms
Making Art Using the Human Intelligences
Multiple Intelligences Synthesis Assignment

Chapter 9. Make Art, but Also, Go See Art!
Theatre Criticism
Visual Art Criticism
Dance and Movement Criticism
Conclusion: Interdisciplinary Arts as a Way of Life

About the Author

Suzanne Ostersmith (MFA, Goddard College) is the founding director of  the dance and interdisciplinary arts programs and an associate professor of theatre and dance at Gonzaga University. As a professor and scholar of dance, theatre, and visual arts, Ostersmith develops opportunities for students to grow and learn about themselves and the world around them through community, collaboration, and creativity. Ostersmith’s areas of research and creative inquiry are in the intersection of the art forms of theatre, dance, and visual arts.

Kathleen Jeffs (DPhil, University of Oxford) is core director and an associate professor of theatre and dance at Gonzaga University. Publications include her translation of the 17th-century Spanish play The Force of Habit (Guillén de Castro’s La fuerza de la costumbre) and Staging the Spanish Golden Age: Translation and Performance, which is based on her time as rehearsal dramaturg with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Kathleen teaches performance studies, playwriting, acting, and directing using classroom and studio methods.

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