Bardic Recitation

(Revised May 2004)

Includes chant, recitation, storytelling, etc. Category does not include performance composed primarily of singing or dance. Original material (by entrant or other) may be used if it is authentic in style. Material may be written or extemporaneous; in original language or translation. Entrant must submit 3 typed copies of text or of outline if material is extemporaneous.

Time limit: 10 minutes.

Bardic Recitation; Novice

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. For Novice level, a 3x5 card is the minimum required, but more is encouraged. Any discussion beyond listing of the criteria below, on period practice, any conscious compromises or research is encouraged and should receive higher points than simply listing the information. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the process of the creation of their performance beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of entry including some of the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Lists interpretation and acting skills used to complete the performance.
  • Lists background info and particulars on the piece.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic performance will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period reading and is it performed in a period way—blocking, visualization, stage use, etc.
  • Interpretive elements—period characterization, translation, performance appropriate for intended purpose (court masque, revel, play for populace).
  • Physical/vocal elements—period text, song, action (tumbling, dancing, juggling, etc.).
  • Design, style—character depth, communication of theme or mood, intended purpose.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant on the level at which they have entered, keeping in mind that not all period performance pieces are complex.

  • Vocal elements: tone, pace, pitch, volume, inflection, articulation.
  • Physical elements: expression, gesture, use of performance space, costume/makeup.
  • Interpretive elements: communication of levels of meaning, characterization, etc..
  • Scope of endeavor: length, variety of elements or difficulty of performance (remember that comedy can be more difficult than dramatic readings).
  • Personalization or special embellishment.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, based on the following:

  • Effective use of vocal, physical, and interpretive elements.
  • Techniques: overall timing, unity, translation if applicable.
  • Form: ease of performance, depth of performance.
  • Function: audience interaction, reaction, and awareness.
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would see it over and over. It was better than ‘Cats.’

Bardic Recitation; Intermediate

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the item. Intermediate level documentation should have at least minimal discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion or period practices or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their performance beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Some discussion of interpretation and skills used to complete the performance.
  • Some discussion of methods and tools (background info or particulars) used to complete the performance.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references (if available, performance pieces can be harder to document than other entries),and cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic performance will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period reading and is it performed in a period way—blocking, visualization, stage use, etc.
  • Interpretive elements—period characterization, translation, performance appropriate for intended purpose (court masque, revel, play for populace).
  • Physical/vocal elements—period text, song, action (tumbling, dancing, juggling, etc.).
  • Design, style—character depth, communication of theme or mood, intended purpose.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind that not all period performance pieces are complex.

  • Vocal elements: tone, pace, pitch, volume, inflection, articulation.
  • Physical elements: expression, gesture, use of performance space, costume/makeup.
  • Interpretive elements: communication of levels of meaning, characterization, etc.
  • Scope of endeavor: length, variety of elements or difficulty of performance (remember that comedy can be more difficult than dramatic readings).
  • Personalization or special embellishment.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, based on the following:

  • Effective use of vocal, physical, and interpretive elements.
  • Techniques: overall timing, unity, translation if applicable.
  • Form: ease of performance, depth of performance.
  • Function: audience interaction, reaction, and awareness.
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would see it over and over. It was better than ‘Cats.’

Bardic Recitation; Advanced

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the performance. Advanced level documentation should have a thorough discussion of the components of the recitation, explains the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools, provides illustrations (if available), references and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their performance beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of bardic interpretation and skills used to complete the performance.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of methods and tools (background info or particulars) used to complete the performance.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references (if available, performance pieces can be harder to document than other entries), includes a bibliography and foot/end notes.

Authenticity

0-8 points. Judge this at the Advanced level, keeping in mind any deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents must be plausible and explained. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic performance will score best.

  • Form/function—is it a period reading and is it performed in a period way—blocking, visualization, stage use, etc.
  • Interpretive elements—period characterization, translation, performance appropriate for intended purpose (court masque, revel, play for populace).
  • Physical/vocal elements—period text, song, action (tumbling, dancing, juggling, etc.).
  • Design, style—character depth, communication of theme or mood, intended purpose.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant on the level at which they have entered, keeping in mind that not all period performance pieces are complex.

  • Vocal elements: tone, pace, pitch, volume, inflection, articulation.
  • Physical elements: expression, gesture, use of performance space, costume/makeup.
  • Interpretive elements: communication of levels of meaning, characterization, etc.
  • Scope of endeavor: length, variety of elements or difficulty of performance (remember that comedy can be more difficult than dramatic readings).
  • Personalization or special embellishment.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant as an Advanced performer, based on the following:

  • Effective use of vocal, physical, and interpretive elements.
  • Techniques: overall timing, unity, translation if applicable.
  • Form: ease of performance, depth of performance.
  • Function: audience interaction, reaction, and awareness.
  • Period style or technique or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proiciency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the ‘wow’ factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic from the ground up.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would see it over and over. It was better than ‘Cats.’