It takes courage to act. Our approach at Tent Cinema is to start with the premise: there is an actor built-in to everyone; we are simply helping them (re)discover their true artistic selves.Students are introduced to theater in simple but refreshing ways. Nothing emerges from a textbook, or a specific school of acting. Ideas from everyday life are thrown around in class: a cup of coffee, a rock, a well; and students are asked to mime it.
Acting becomes an organic process of describing the world, and of relating to it an extremely authentic and physical manner. A group of students asked to describe a cup of coffee, for example, initially tried shaping themselves in the form of a glass. Going back to it again, they realized the idea was conveyed more subtly and easily by simply miming holding a hot cup, taking a sip, and placing it on an imaginary table.The exercises in class encourage students to think of themselves as artists by being open and transparent to the world around them. This is achieved by first breaking the often-imperceptible walls people have created within themselves. In one such exercise, the teacher steps out of the class and the students are asked to make as much noise as they can. Their aim must be to scream, shout, yell, laugh, and stomp around so loud it could bring the roof down! People are always expected to be quiet and maintain a certain amount of decorum. This exercise helps them breaks those expectations and allows them to be free.
Each student in the class becomes a character and a member of the audience, simultaneously. They are observing, as well as internalizing the world of characters around them. Because our students come from such varied backgrounds, we have an interesting give-and-take learning processes in class. A student with good presentation skills and no imagination, for example, borrows from another student with great imagination but no presentation skills.
A duck glides on water. Its webbed feet, wading, working, are invisible underwater. So also, great acting, to the audience, is an effortless, natural state of being. Only the actor is aware of the struggle and work that goes into making a character believable. Tent Cinema makes this learning experience fun and fulfilling. Here, every character goes through you. Every character becomes personalized, and you learn to make them your own.At Tent Cinema, you discover the actor within
Duration of class: 8 hours and 30 minutes