Creating Trouser Roles

Heng Xiu as Princ Charming in Cendrillon at IU Opera Theatre 2009.

Heng Xiu as Prince Charming in Cendrillon at IU Opera Theatre 2009.

Movement Techniques for the Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, or Shakespearean actress playing a male role.

Rather than “pretending to be a man” or imitating every production of Peter Pan you have ever seen, this master class explores the inter-corporeal differences between the physical behavior of men and women. Based on my own combination of the Dramatic Corporeal Techniques of Etienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau, we will use geometry, weight, rhythm, and muscular dynamics as we explore simple ways in which the performer can “trick the eye” of the audience, allowing the willing suspension of disbelief that a woman is actually a man.

I know of no one else who has created a specific physical approach to this work than the one presented in this master class.

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