I assert myself.
This is the time of identity crisis when teenagers are confronted with the assertion of their issues. ATH proposes two curricula: Drama and Improv. The students continue to explore their capacities with Improvisation, while Drama offers them many roles to work on in the project, and thus asserting themselves towards the others. The classes of this age are more challenging, and the students are encouraged to push their limits in order to completely free their creative potential.
DRAMA AND IMPROVISATION - TWO COMPLEMENTARY CURRICULA
Improvisers are able to work beyond the text, to bring more material to work on for their play. If there is a problem on stage, they will learn to hide the mistake and make up for it in front of the audience.
By doing plays, they will learn to push their acting further by constantly researching themselves and their abilities. They will therefore broaden their general culture and their collective research work.
With drama, they develop:
- long-term memory
- confidence in oneself and in the group
- developing a well-developed and sophisticated way of thinking
- assertiveness in a group
- exploring the limits of creativity
With improv, they develop:
- short-term memory
- constant attention to others
- a sense of spontaneity
- awareness of the present moment: accepting it, then transforming it as one pleases
- ability to get out of one's comfort zone
GENERAL CLASS CONTENT
- Getting to know basic concepts of drama: acting, space management, theatrical vocabulary etc.
- Construction of characters and dramatic situations through improvisation theatre techniques
- Individual and collective work on a new text every year
- Each year students discover a new drama method created by a famous drama master
- Discovering the work of a theatre director, learning how to manage actors on stage
- Deepening the improvisation principles: acceptation, listening, building, being active, etc.
- Discovering the improv world with their vocabulary and specificity
- Working on an improvisation show (or several), depending on the group capacity
- Development of physical and mental skills, self-confidence both individually and as part of a group
Throughout the year, depending on the group’s preferences and strengths, the teacher will propose public presentations within ATH and/or other venues. At the end of the year, a theatrical creation and an improvisation show or battle will be presented as part of Winter fest and P.A.S. Festival.
An improvisation performance will be given every month by experienced students.