The Art of Movement for the Craft of the Actor
We are always moving. Always have been and always will be. Everything moves…forever. Each movement is in movement. My goodness! Where to start?
In order to create something extraordinary we have to start with the ordinary. Obviously. If we want to climb the stairs we need to be downstairs. Obviously. And so…
GLORY TO THE BANAL!
If we look at what we see all the time, what can we realize and then learn? In fact, everything. It is all there before our very eyes. So we will explore the everyday: our gestures, our actions, our reactions. But is awareness enough for an artist? How does this awareness become an art? Good question.
The fact is, however, that if your art maintains a direct link with the world that is recognizable and identifiable by all, then your art is accessible to all. That does not mean that it is simple to understand. No. Accessible. We all wrap presents but have you seen the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude? We all dance but when I see the choreography by Pina Bausch I am speechless. Who can’t play a guitar? But listening to Django Reinhardt I cannot move let alone tap my feet!
After the exploration of the ordinary we will study our actions and see how a particular action can lead us to a style of acting. And this is for you artists! Comedy, clowning, dramatic text work, melodrama, commedia dell’Arte, tragedy…
So we will make use of styles to see how the artist can function from observation, through analysis, to devising new works. And all this has nothing to do with our opinions. In fact the most important part of this workshop is the postponement of the formulation of our opinions. And that is not easy. Come and see.