Action/Reaction and everything in between in the Virtual Space: (dis)embodied learning through online performance practice

Robert Lewis, Dominique Sweeney

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Robert Lewis and Dominique Sweeney have been developing a place-based actor training andragogy at Charles Sturt University. Since moving practical classes, rehearsals and performances online during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, this ‘place-based’ andragogy has been somewhat challenged. What happens when place is disrupted and student actors are connecting from multiple ‘places’? Is there a unified place/space in between these points? Throughout the rehearsals of Mark Roger’s ‘Seeing Horrors 2’ during the lockdown, the authors address how place, space and grounding have maintained a strong element in their work via the online space. Online actor training for platforms such as Zoom is an new and foreign phenomenon. Actor training for film and television contexts may not be suitable for this platform, therefore it is important to look at what Zoom offers that other screen media doesn’t. In addition to the performance process, the authors discuss one specific training system that has been developed for the online performance space.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Specialist publicationThe Official: International Journal of Contemporary Humanities
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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