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SANFORD MEISNER ACTING with DUNJA TOT (Austria) - Chekhov Theatre School in Melikhovo (Russia) SANFORD MEISNER ACTING with DUNJA TOT (Austria) - Chekhov Theatre School in Melikhovo (Russia)

The origin of the “actioning” — this is how Meisner’s technique is referred to today — as is almost everybody else´s acting teaching Stanislavsky. Together with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner was the “third Americanized kid.” All three of them started their careers in the Group Theater, which used to be a very revolutionary approach in the 1930s. After a couple of years they parted ways, but they all tried to answer the same question: HOW DO I PRODUCE AN EMOTION whenever I need one for the presence of the performer? Lee Strasberg`s answer is to remember a similar situation. Stella Adler`s is circumstances. Meisner´s answer is: Don’t emotionalize – DO IT!

The emphasis is on DOING and IMAGINATION! The most important question is not WHAT DO I FEEL, but WHAT DO I WANT from my partner, AND WHAT DO I DO FOR IT. This means emotions are the sequence of a real and truthful activity. There are two major problems every actor confronts: they observe themselves, and they don´t listen. If I put my whole attention on my partner and listen, I am automatically unable to think. If he says something truthfully, I answer him truthfully.

The next question is: who am I while being on stage. Meisner´s answer: you are always yourself in the situation of the character. Quite differently from Method Acting, where actors remember their own situation, Meisner is working with only one element of truth (which is mostly one person) and with the imagination. In this way, the actor is projecting outwards, not inwards.

It is very interesting, that one of the best examples of this technique is Michael Chekhov’s exercise in Stanislavsky’s class. He was acting out his father’s funeral and everybody was touched. After finishing the exercise, he laughed and said, “My father is alive!” His father was the element of truth; everything else was the craft of imagination.

The participants will be able to learn how to put their full attention on their partners, to act and to listen truthfully, not to fake, but to be fully themselves and to analyze and work with the text according to the actions. The goal from this technique is to put the actor back into his organic and truthful reactions, to develop and master the MOMENT, and to explore how to LISTEN. During the class, actors are going to learn, through exercises how to:

– Improve listening abilities;

– Make specific choices and avoid the general ones;

– Make personal choices;

– Become aware that every actor is a different personality, the same as every man;

– Stay truthful and take risks.

The work will be based on the working literary material of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.” Improvisation, rehearsal procedures, working on the text, and learning how to apply the exercises/tools when working on a character for a monologue or scene will be practiced, performed, and critiqued.

Participants will have an opportunity to share their artistic work at presentational showcase and symposium on the open-air theatre stage and in Chekhov’s theatre yard at The State Literary and Memorial Museum of Anton Chekhov in Melikhovo.

OUR MASTER COURSES IN MELIKHOVO WILL STRIVE TO UNEARTH AND UNFOLD EACH PARTICIPANT’S UNIQUE POTENTIALITIES AND SUPPORT PARTICIPANTS AS THEY REFINE, THROUGH PERSISTENT AND DEDICATED WORK, THE CREATIVE PROPOSITIONS THEY HAVE EACH BROUGHT TO THE WORK.

Only 15 participants will be selected. The day by day PROGRAM for SANFORD MEISNER ACTING will be available two weeks before the Master Course commences.
The total teaching hours are 32. (please note that rehearsing and preparation hours for the work are not included)
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DATE:
19 – 28 June 2017 (9 teaching days, not including travel days)

PARTICIPATION FEE:
1.200 € (EURO)

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