I’m thrilled to announce the two up-coming workshops I’m leading. Both deal with the themes that have been at the core of my artistic life: connection and presence. I believe and know that they transform the way we communicate with one another in a theatrical space. So, let’s practice together, shall we? 😊 The details are below. Register early. Hope to see you there!
1. The Body That Speaks
Dates and times:
August 5-8, Mon, Wed-Thu, August 12 & 14, Mon & Wed, 10:00-15:00
Place: Haapaniemenkatu 6, Theatre Academy, room 709
Course Fee: 170,00 €, for student 140,00 €
Objective and content:
In this course, the student will learn the basics of a few physical training methods: Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Viewpoints, and Hino Method (a method based in classic Japanese martial arts) to build the corporeal foundation for greater expressivity and connectivity on stage. The key words in learning are Listening, Focus, Stillness, Sensitivity, Drive and Attitude. Through careful, diligent practice, the student will develop an invaluable asset as a performing artist, the body of presence.
Credits: 2 ECTS given by Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulu (Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)
More info and registration: https://www.kesayliopistohki.fi/en/kurssit/kategoria/art-and-motion-en/theatre-and-drama-en-12901/?show=future
2. The Body of Presence- corporeal inquiry into the mysterious core of performing arts
Date and Time:
20.9 (Fri) 18:00-21:00
21.9 (Sat) 10:00-17:00 (including 1h lunch break)
22.9 (Sun) 10:00-17:00 (including 1h lunch break)
Place: Teatteri metamorfoosi / Point Fixe (Suvilahdenkatu 10 A 408, 00500 Helsinki
“Presence” is necessary for a performer on the stage. It is something that gives substance and depth to the experience of the audience. And yet, presence is one of the most elusive, hard-to-grasp concepts if we try to define exactly what it is. And it is often mixed with the natural talent and ability of the performer; it’s a matter of having it or not having it.
In this workshop, however, we approach presence as a practicable element in physical training. Is there any corporeal focal point(s) that contributes to stronger presence? If so, how can we improve or develop them with our bodies? We will be using two methods (Suzuki Method and Viewpoints) as the main tool to investigate what it takes for a performer to be present on the stage. Also Hino Method will be used as a supplementary tool to investigate the body itself. The participants will gain personalized embodied knowledge about presence that is applicable to their respective fields.
Previous experience in those methods
is recommended but not necessary. Wear movable clothing. Bring water
Brief description of the methods
Viewpoints is an improvisational technique of movement originated by an American choreographer Mary Overlie and later adapted to theatre by Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, and SITI Company. The technique provides inspiring and yet practical vocabulary to investigate and explore time and space in a performative setting and allows ensemble performing to happen quickly and organically.
Suzuki Method of Actor Training is a physical training system for actors founded and developed by a Japanese theatre director Tadashi Suzuki (1939- ) and his company Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT). This rigorous method brings better concentration, breath control, and energy production to those who practice it. Its ultimate purpose is to restore the innate expressivity in the performer’s body.
Hino Method is a physical training method developed by a Japanese martial arts master Akira Hino (1948- ). The method is rooted in in Hino’s study of the essence of Japanese classic martial arts. It is about developing the body to its full potential without relying on muscle strength and refining bodily intelligence.