Reflective journal

Week 6

13th October

Today was our last week of rotation, and i am doing PDP, performance design and practice. Today we looked at costume design, I haven't ever been interested in costume or clothing design, however I did find the I enjoyed today. As I looked at costume and movement in a completely different way. We started the day, with the task of getting into pairs, and then drawing each other, taking in turns  to move in certain ways. Starting off by exploring moving within your kinesphere, then looking at the different planes of movement, like the door plane, wheel plane and table plane. It was interesting to look at the different planes of movement this was something I considered when designing my costume. My design for my costume was inspired by puppetry, and forcing the body to move in a certain way. The costume I created made the body only move in the door plane, I also looked at the flow of movement, when the body moves in a certain way, the costume forces a chain of movements to happen. The task was to be completed in pairs, although I would of preferred to work alone as I felt I had all the ideas, and I would of been able to create a better final costume without the influence of my partner.

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14th October

Today, we looked at set and special design. After looking at a slide-show of many different types of spaces, as a class we came up with different words that described each of the different spaces. We were then put into groups of 5 and assigned a different word. My groups word was GRAND. We then had to go off and draw different grand spaces, our tutor encouraged us to look at and draw the space in different ways, only drawing the negative space, using a continuous line, these drawings eventually helped us visualise an interesting and abstract way of creating a grand space. The different drawing techniques have also helped me overall look at spaces differently. The second part of the task was to create a GRAND space or structure. Our initial ideas were to recreate the building/space that we drew. However as we continued this changed, as everybody had different ideas on how it should look. I enjoyed working in a group as I found everybody's input very interesting, as everybody had different opinions, and visualised the end product very differently. Later on, we had to make small models of our structures and then draw them. I loved making the small models, and I wish we could have spent more time doing them, I also think it may of been a good idea to have done this prior to making the life size structures, as we would of had a chance to plan and visualise our ideas.

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16th October

Our final day of PDP, we looked at live art/performance and animation. Particularly looking at shadow play, in groups, we had to create a piece inspired by a song. This was the part of the course I was dreading, as I don't enjoy doing anything to do with performance. However to conquer my fears I nominated myself to play the main person in the performance. We started the task by listening to the lyrics, it talks about how everyone carries a room inside them, we decided to continue with this idea and represent everybody's 'room' with a box that they carry around. Working in a fairly big group was difficult as everybody had clashing opinions, so it as difficult to agree on an idea for the performance. Although eventually we came up with the idea and sequence of movements in the performance. However, this was the result of one person taking over, therefore, other peoples ideas were ignored. Our final performance idea was to have me holding the box then people walk up to me and try to take the box, then someone bangs into me and drops the box, then finally someone friendly, comes over and listens to the box. When we had finally decided on these ideas, it was our turn to rehearse using the screen and lighting, however we were completely unprepared as we hadn't practiced it at all and really had little idea on what we were doing, this was unfortunate as we wasted out chance to practice using the proper lighting and screen, so that we could work out all the factors. Afterwards we quickly left and practiced in the hall, while rehearsing I found it very difficult as the main character of the performance, as everybody had opinions and ideas as to how I would perform, which made it really difficult to concentrate as I had to consider all things at once. We finally finished practising and it was time to perform, I was happy with how it turned out, however more practice, and a clearer and more concise idea as to what we were doing at the beginning would of certainly improved the performance.

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