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UNTIMELY ARGONAUTICA

The article is debating upon the problems that were revealed during the process of online acting education. Provoked by the circumstances we were challenged to deal with unexpected loss of familiar surface, the distortion of the ordinary work rhythm and the displacement of the focus upon the nonverbal acting exercises, so otherwise motivating in the first year of education. We dared to make an experiment based on the mythological theme of Jason and the Argonauts. The students created their own contemporary monologues for an online performance. The task was to go in the depths of emotional memory and the fine texture of theatrical worlds. The conclusions from this work are that we should challenge the imaginative awareness of the students and that is necessary to have an individual approach towards each actor. By challenging their potential we were able to develop acting skills in front of the cameras. To keep their motivation, so fragile in such confused time, their unique creations, one way or another, should meet an audience. In collaboration with students in the film arts, when the chance presented itself, a few short movie pieces were produced. We went to this untimely journey into the virtual void unprepared but inspired, facing the crisis and confronting its impact with artistic sensibility.
Key words: acting education, contemporary monologues, online performance

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