THE SEAGULL AND BEYOND
MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE
Continuing the Exploration
with PER BRAHE (Denmark) and
ERIC VAN GROOTEL (Nederland)
ABOUT MASTER CLASS:
TELL to JOY, in close collaboration with the Chekhov International Theatre School in Melikhovo, invites you to participate in a residential Master Class program with a unique opportunity to experience, discover and work with two major forces within the Art of Acting: world-renowned Mask Teacher, Master Teacher of the Michael Chekhov technique, and expert in Balinese Masks — Per Brahe (Denmark), and Eric Van Grootel (Nederland), Master teacher in Creative Speech and Master Teacher of the Michael Chekhov technique.
This residential program will take place in what is certainly the heart of Russian drama and theatre, in the village of Melikhovo, at the estate where Anton Chekhov lived and worked from 1892 to 1899. This is a unique, and possibly the greatest, opportunity to fully receive the journey of opening and unfolding your artistic discovery and explore beyond your artistic skills with the Michael Chekhov technique, and to further the exploration of your work through the Mask craft, in the most authentic, beautiful, inspiring and artistic surroundings.
This highly intensive educational venue will help actors to finesse their understanding of the Michael Chekhov technique on the highest level, and will be based on the working literary material of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” with added inspiration from Treplev’s “New Forms” and Michael Chekhov’s “Theatre of the Future.”
With the unique and specially-designed Balinese masks for the character work on “The Seagull,” Per Brahe will lead and introduce the participants to new layers of awareness, attained by the traditional forces of ritual and theatre, and will guide participants to achieve deep states of the purest, most physical, and most human transformations.
With the combination of Balinese masks and Michael Chekhov’s exercises, our participants will learn, practice and focus on building ensemble, recognizing and transcending boundaries, and opening energy channels for free flow of imagination. They will refine their craft, precision, and repeatability, and learn to harness the power of abstract images on a path for deeper expression on the stage, where the creativity of the actor exists as a living organism.
Creative Voice Work will be led by Eric Van Grootel, and will raise perception and awareness to open and ground the performer’s personal channel, freeing the flow of breath and sounds. There will be explored soundscapes, mantric formulas and melodies from different cultures using an awareness of different sources, like Shamanic Voice Work, Shakespearian Voice, Estill Voice Technique, Mantra, Chirophonetics, Sprachgestaltung, and the Voice-Breath Technique.
Improvisation, rehearsal procedures, work on the text, and learning how to apply the exercises when building a character for a monologue or scene will be practiced, performed and critiqued.
Participants will have an opportunity to share their artistic work at a Master Class presentational showcase on the open-air theatre stage at The State Literary and Memorial Museum of Anton Chekhov in Melikhovo. The artistic surroundings during this Master Class are simply marvelous. You will live and work a short five-minute walk from the lodge where Anton Chekhov wrote his well-known play “The Seagull” in 1894. Or, in your free time you can greet the morning sun and enjoy the light of the moon at the estate.
The Master Class program is designed for graduates and professional actors. The teaching will be given in English. There will be an opportunity for interpretation into Russian. A Continuing Education Master Class Certificate will be issued upon successful completion.
Please complete the registration form at www.telltojoytheatre.com, including your personal statement of motivation for participation, and submit no later than July 4, 2014. Upon your admission to the Master Class, we will send you a confirmation letter with detailed information about payment, along with deadlines and other practical information about your participation. A maximum of ONLY 20 participants will be selected.
For more information and registration please visit www.telltojoytheatre.com