Method III - Stanislavski- Tempo and Rhythm

What's the Speed Limit?...

TEMPO-RHYTHM: important condition for concreteness and truthfulness in the execution of physical actions and Building of truthful character. Must correspond to given circumstances of the scene.

Every moment in life has a corresponding Tempo and Rhythm

PART A -The Tempo of the ACTION and the CHARACTER

The logic and consecutiveness of actions relies on the actor choosing the right tempo for an action. What is the Tempo of the action chosen?

(*Reminder) - ACTIONS - the "what" you do in a moment

Example:
FAST---Moderately Fast---medium speed---slower---SLOW 

EXERCISE 1
(whole class)

Place six chairs in a row and have students sit in each chair

Each actor is to perform the action gradually faster than the person before them or slower depending on what is prompted by the instructor.


Give the group an action to accomplish. Then have the row perform that action one-at-a-time... down the row. 

sit
stand
type
hammer
pick up the phone
cheer
sweep
fall down
punch 
stab
pull a gun
eat a hamburger
etc...


EXERCISE 2
Discussion: This activity should show how the tempo can help in building a scene by the way the actor's speed affected the action.

1.) "How did it show different options for character?"
2.)  "What did it do the actions themselves?
3.)  "In what way can this help when building a scene or developing a character?"
4.) "What is your rhythm?"..."Your Science teacher's?"

NOTE: Everybody has their own Rhythm - find it in each character you create. Corresponding Tempo helps stir actor’s emotions.

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