I have always had a dillema between dissertation and legacy project. Always theough that dissertation is the path to go because last year fourth years went into that route. So, I didn’t really hear anything about legacy project.
Because I am a foregin it is harder for me to write academically, I’ll always make a mistake in grammar or spelling; even if it’s double checked by other people. I tried really hard past last years to geet better at writing but it doesn’t come to me that easly, and I know it is not my strongest thing.
Over the years of learning theatre I came I came to conclusion that my favourite theatre is physical performances. How the body language speaks up to audience, dothey understand the story, the meaning?; is that performance something new to their eyes? In my opinion everybody speaks with their body language and gestures in eveyday lives. But what interested me was if the audience understand the physical performance but hearing not their native language, a language that they don’t know of. And… That would’ve totally be a dissertation, and the question was to broad.
The next stage i went into was re-creating my question with one of my class mates:
- can body language potray a culture
- is the voice neccessary to potray body language
- is body language a universal language
Again… All of those questions where to broad, and again… dissertation route.
Then I’ve spoken to two of my lecturers about what I cann do for legacy project. Believe me, legacy project sounds hard. It scared me because there is a lot of work that has to be done outside college with other people that i do’t know, that i normally don’t speak to. So then I thought… ok, what can I actually create for the audience that stays with them theough the years? Last Tuesday i went to international English classes to participate and observe. Most of them struggled with English and their gestures and body language took on a big role while communicating with others. It was interesting to see how different their body language was to what I normally do. I thought then, creating a webside for internationals in Inverness with gestures will help them to communicate better even if they don’t speak English that well.
So I came to my final conclusion:
- participate in English classes on Tuesdays
- participate in cafe International on Fridays
- speak to ESOL lecturers in college
- advertise through the teachers
Finally I made my research statement for CIRP:
Unspoken: communicaing and miscommunicating through gestures.