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The Foundations of Michael Checkhov’s Approach to Acting and Performance
A sequence of one-day workshops
with Sarah Kane
September 2023 – June 2024
These workshops aim to introduce participants to or deepen their understanding of the strongly creative and highly artistic techniques developed by the Russian actor in the middle of the twentieth century. They also aim to inspire and empower actors for their future work.
Each workshop will be an entirety in itself and can be taken individually, though they have also been designed as a journey.
Please bring clothes and shoes suitable for movement as a well as a piece of text such as a monologue or poem known by heart, so that it can be used in the exploration of any aspect of the technique in practice
A sequence of one-day workshops running from September 2023 –July 2024 with Sarah Kane
The one-day workshops planned in 2023 and 2024 aim to provide an overview over the core elements of Michael Chekhov’s acting technique that he continued to develop throughout his life. They range from the very beginnings of any serious artistic research and exploration to the finer points of developing a stage life and creating character, including the character’s psychological gesture.
Each workshop will be an entirety in itself and can be taken individually; priority will be given to those wishing to enrol in the three groups of workshops (September – December, January – March, April – July) and in the entire series.
Please bring clothes and shoes suitable for movement as a well as a piece of text such as a monologue or poem known by heart, so that it can be used in the exploration of any aspect of the technique in practice.
PART 1: THE IMAGINATION
September - December 2023
In the first four sessions, we explored ways we can engage with our imagination as an essential pillar in Michael Chekhov's approach to the actor's creative process.
PART 2: FROM MOVEMENT TO GESTURE
January - April
These three sessions explore the other ‘pillar’ of Michael Chekhov’s technique, the intimate and immediate link between movement and an actor’s psychology, to help with the process of transforming into character:
The Psychophysical Basics I
Saturday 20 January, 10am - 5pm
Starting with movement, to discover its effect on the actor’s psychology, this workshop will explore Chekhov’s archetypal gestures as tools for expressing a character’s objective.
The Psychophysical Basics II
Saturday 9 March, 10am - 5pm
This second workshop on the psychophysical will investigate how the archetypal gestures can be further individualised in preparation for creating a psychological gesture to express the embodied essence of the character.
Words and Text as Movement and Gesture
Saturday 30 March, 10am - 5pm
Inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s development of the art of eurythmy and then his lectures on speech for the stage in 1923, Chekhov’s approach also includes exploration of text first as movement, then as gesture.
PART THREE: CREATING CHARACTER
May – June (Dates to be confirmed)
The Imaginary Body
The Imaginary Centre
The Psychological Gesture
£55 per individual day
£150 for three workshops
£275 for six workshops