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Performing Arts essay - Our piece was a devised piece based on William Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet.

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Performing Arts Essay. My practical work for performing arts was performed on the 17th of July with the year 6 class from ST Thomas's, a local feeder school, as our audience. Our piece was a devised piece based on William Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet. For the dialogue of our piece we used both scripted Shakespearean language and also scripted modern day language rather than use all of Shakespeare's own terms. The Shakespearean characters were those in the Capulet family especially Juliet where as those of the Montague's spoke more modern based to show the difference between the two sides. For our dances we use a dance-drama style as performing arts includes both these aspects. An example of this style was performed for our opening scene. This scene was one of the most important in the production as it introduced the play with a monologue in the form of the narration to set the scene for the audience. It also included tableaux's in between the movements to express the dispute between the two families. ...read more.

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These included standard blacks plus extreme punk type makeup and hair colours with spiked chains and bracelets, and also modern sweatbands on some cast members. Even these costumes varied slightly between the two families as different colours of hair and makeup reflected different households. As a part of our preparation we watched the film of Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhrman. This influenced how we performed in many ways. For the film version only Shakespearean language was spoken although this was abridged. Although the language was of a periodic style the costumes were modern as were many of the other aspects of the film. It is well know that the Capulet's and the Montague's were very powerful in the city of Verona and to represent this power Baz Luhrman has used modern day symbols of power such as guns, expensive modern day cars, helicopters etc. Baz also uses the television to represent a narrator as a news reporter telling the opening sonnet of the play as the introduction. ...read more.

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For instance in watching the film we got to see the ways in which characters respond to each other whilst acting. It also portrayed more detail in the way these characters behave and speak so we could influence our own acting to correspond with that of real actors and actresses. The film also inspired the settings and modern day style of costume and language, which then gave us ideas for the music to be used for some of our scenes. If we hadn't have watched the film before hand I think scripting and mainly performing the play would have been a lot more difficult as we wouldn't have had such a good idea of what we were trying to achieve. Although I think it would have been better to see a professional performance of the play as plays and films are set in very different surroundings and watching a performance would have helped us better in that sense but overall we performed reasonably well most of which was due to effort and having the opportunity to see real actors and actresses perform. Kerry bell ...read more.

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