Abstract

This comparative analysis of two major performance techniques utilizes a mixed method approach of Data Collection. It critically examines the benefits and setbacks of taking part in these programs as a way of improving stage and vocal performance. I examine how precise these techniques are at identifying and resolving student's technical and conceptual problems? How might the quality of these practices/practitioners be quantitatively and qualitatively measured?. From these critical questions I hoped to retain practical knowledge and insight into the professional performance realm. In addition, I utilize a systematic rubric that will provide quantitative and qualitative values for the individual interviews and the techniques as a whole. This is a gateway to a much larger study that will be conducted in the future, incorporating a greater study population and better adapted study measures. In my research I dive deep into the process of these professional gathering extensive resources from the two communities (Alexander and Bartenieff) and find the core elements/practices that symbolize the two techniques. Utilizing the historical context provided by Cohen, Hackney, Venable, and several other experts and practitioners, I observed the current trends (i.e the past 20 years) through interviews and my research, analyzing the current direction of the two techniques.

Advisor

Tritt, Kim

Department

Theatre and Dance

Disciplines

Performance Studies

Publication Date

2013

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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