Here is a description of the final project documented above:
For your final assessment, you will be creating scenes in groups of two and three using the knowledge you’ve gained from this unit on viewpoints and Suzuki. This scene should be based around a power struggle between the characters you create. The power struggle you choose can range from the fight between a dictator and a peasant trying to throw a coup to a mother trying to keep control over her child. You will use your viewpoints and Suzuki knowledge to choreograph this scene. While you may use text, this scene should be mostly movement based. This scene can be as abstract as you please. You will have two class periods to work on your piece. The requirements are as follows:
- Your scene must be between two to three minutes in length
- The piece that you create must have a beginning, middle, and end. While the characters you have created have probably been in a struggle long before your scene ever took place, there needs to be a clear reason why this struggle has come to a head at this moment in time. An example of a scene structure could be: beginning – status quo; middle – status quo disrupted; end – new status quo
- Music must be incorporated into the scene. You can decide whether or not the music should play for the entire scene or just for part of it
- You must individually create character profiles. The profiles should include, but are not limited to: Name, age, occupation, relationship to other character(s) in scene, reason for power struggle, want (in this scene), tactics used, and obstacle (s) (which prevents them from getting what they want in this scene)
- Since this scene will be mostly physical work (or all physical work if you so choose), you will need to turn in a breakdown of the action. As a group, you will only have to turn in one of these. If you decide to include dialogue, please include that in your action breakdown
I do not expect you to be Suzuki masters. You will simply be using the knowledge that you have gained over the past couple of weeks to create a compelling physical scene. And remember: this scene is not all about Suzuki. I want you to use your viewpoints training as well. Take another look at the handout you were given at the beginning of the unit that lists all of the viewpoints; it might be a good starting-off point. As well, if you decide to use dialogue, remember to review the vocal viewpoints. Those include: Tempo, dynamic, shape, duration, timbre, pitch, gesture and architecture. Have fun, experiment and play!