The Great Big Art of the Small*
If you’ve answered yes to any of these “Is This Class For You?” questions, chances are good you’re a Room singer and Room is your genre.
In this workshop, we focus on the detailed elements of performance, staging and audience rapport that are requisite for delivering great big messages in small intimate spaces.
PART 1 – STORY
First we focus on the main ingredient of your act (your song, script, spoken word, poem, dance, pantomime) and survey its content. Participants arrive with a piece (5 min or less) that they are prepared to present for receptivity and critique. Core concepts of the KOHLER METHOD that we’ll use to advantage your offering include: the Palette of Selves, Carriage and Silhouette, Gesture, Self-Collection, Taking Risks, Playing Opposites, the Drama of Silence, The Faculty of Observation, The Faculty of Empathy, and Tapping the Universals. You’ll learn techniques to more effectively inhabit your body both in stillness and in motion and how to forget them. You’ll access the power of connection to bring your audience to you and to themselves.
PART 2 – STAGE & SETTING
Next we turn our attention to what surrounds the offering and how to place it in the most evocative and transportive frame possible. Core concepts of the KOHLER METHOD that we’ll use to adapt your offering to the ROOM context include: The Four Walls of Theater, Self Direction, Mic Technique, and Audience Rapport. We’ll discuss critical elements of staging (including lighting, sound, costume, props, furniture, mics), as well as how to communicate before, during and after the program with your on-stage and off-stage collaborators (audience, management, wait staff, press, etc.).
* Since 2006, taught internationally as “Karen Kohler’s Cabaret Colloquia”.