Art of Transformation: Creating a Character - Michael Chekhov Technique

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About this course

Duration

One week (Five days teaching)

Term Start

Monday 9 to Friday 13 July 2018

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+. Candidates will actively enjoy all aspects of practical drama work, be motivated, and enthusiastically embrace intensive work and rehearsal.

Explore Michael Chekhov's "psycho-physical" approach to acting through the physical practice and exploration of the basic principles and exercises outlined in Chekhov's book To the Actor and On the Technique of Acting, including psycho-physical exercises, character transformation exercises, and ensemble improvisation. Each class begins with a warm-up specifically designed to develop the organic connection between the actor's inner life, creative imagination and expressive body. This course is the prerequisite for Teacher Certification Level 1. 


Why choose this course?

  • Professional-level studios and spaces on a leafy green campus
  • Study with acclaimed international Master Teachers
  • Intensive study of cutting edge techniques
  • Take your own practice to the next level

Fee and Application Information

Accreditation

This course is delivered over one week of intensive full-time training (30+ hours) at our Sidcup campus. 
 

How to Apply

Email summer@bruford.ac.uk for more information or to book your place. 

‚ÄčCourse Fees   

Deposit
£100

Early Bird  
£550 (if paid in full before 31 March 2018)

Full Fee

£625 (paid in full before 1 June 2018)

Accommodation (if required)
£300 (One week booking) 

Discounts are available to Rose Bruford College alumni – contact us for further information


Course content

Michael Chekhov's core exercises will explore; Presence, Character Archetypes, Imaginary Centers, Imaginary body, Character Atmospheres, Overall Scenic Atmospheres, Qualities of Movement, Radiating and Receiving, Imaginary Place, Archetypal and Psychological Gesture, on Stage and camera adjustments and more... Chekhov's technique consists of a wide variety effective acting tools, which can inspire endless possibilities for enlarging the actor's creativity and artistic expression - the actor can then bring this sensibility to the creation of a character, exploration of the text, and inspired performance, awaken the actor’s artistic imagination, and expands the actor’s capacity for Transformation.

Lessons are taught to inspire and train teaching candidates, directors and performers.

“When you really concentrate, you will get a sense of expansion. You will feel that you are larger person than you are physically, as if you become a person two or three sizes bigger than your ordinary physical self, and that you are flowing with all your being toward the object of your concentration. Whether it is a physical thing or an image that you are concentrating on, your whole invisible person will be in movement.” Michael Chekhov

Michael Chekhov (1891 – 1955) Michael Chekhov was a world-renowned early 20th century Russian actor and Director, nephew of the famous playwright Anton Chekhov. He was known for being a true chameleon actor, mesmerizing audiences by making consistently bold choices and disappearing into fully fleshed-out, astoundingly unique characters. Chekhov was openly praised by Konstantin Stanislavsky as his most brilliant student and was highly respected by Group Theatre luminaries such as Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, and Harold Clurman. He was the acting coach for many Hollywood stars of his day; Anthony Quinn, Jack Palance, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, Beatrice Straight, Lloyd Bridges, James Dean, Clint Eastwood, Elia Kazan, Yul Brynner, Mala Powers, and the technique he developed has inspired many actors currently working today; Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, just to mention a few. Michael Chekhov Technique is applicable to both film and stage work.

Course Directors

Lisa Dalton is President of the NMCA National Michael Chekhov Association. She is a master teacher of Michael Chekhov¹s acting technique and a noted documentarian.  She is the co-producer of From Russia to Hollywood, the award winning documentary and contributed about one third of the footage for Michael Chekhov: The Dartington Years and Anthony Quinn’s Life and Encounters with Michael Chekhov.

Since 1994, Lisa Dalton has been on the Faculty of the Chekhov Theatre Institute, co-created with Mala Powers, Chekhov Estate Executrix, training acting teachers and professional actors through the longest running Chekhov Intensive worldwide Teacher Training Certification.  Lisa was the Creator/Artistic Director of the first two International Michael Chekhov Workshops in the United States at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut.

As a student of the Chekhov technique since 1980, Lisa studied with first generation Chekhov teachers: Beatrice Straight, Deirdre Hurst du Prey, Hurd Hatfield, Eddy Grove, Joanna Merlin, Mala Powers, George Shdanoff and Jack Colvin. Lisa has developed applications of Michael Chekhov’s theories for stage and film directing, for artistic promotion, for on-camera acting in various forms comedy, auditioning for film and television.  She taught at the American Film Institute Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Hollywood CA from 1988-2006. She has continued to offer workshops with the SAG/AFTRA and Professional Actor Training Programs.

Lisa is currently writing and publishing materials on applications of and further developments of Michael Chekhov¹s technique. Lisa was one of three teachers selected worldwide and the only English-speaking teacher on the Faculty of the International Symposium Workshop at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Lisa is the author of Michael Chekhov Technique Playbook, on new innovative applications and developments of Michael Chekhov¹s technique. Lisa was one of three teachers selected worldwide and the only English-speaking teacher on the Faculty of the International Symposium Workshop at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Janice Orlandi is the Artistic Director, Actors Movement Studio NYC, a movement and period style specialist and a certified teacher of Williamson Technique and Michael Chekhov Technique. She trained extensively in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition with Ann Bogart, Tina Landau and SITI Company.  She is currently undergoing certification in rasaboxes and Alba Emoting.

Janice is currently writing book on physical technique for the actor and cross training; The Art Of Transformation - Crossing Pedagogy.

Janice is an Assistant Professor, University of the Arts, School of Performing Arts PA. Her work as an educator, director, actress and movement coach has been seen at Williamstown Theater Festival, De Lindenberg Centrum Voor Kunst Culture Netherlands, Odense State School, Denmark, Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, Expanded Arts, CSC Classic Stage Company, Circle Rep lab and many others. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Echo Repertory, New Vaudeville Theater. She is a founding Member of Expanded Arts Theater & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot NYC.


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