FROM STAGE TO SCREEN: Close-up on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is a developmental laboratory for encouraging high level research and artistic exchange between international stage and screen actors — accompanied by the camera.
Through the energy, the melancholy, and the humor of the characters, Chekhov’s play “The Seagull” is perfectly suitable for camera work. The intimate interplay between the characters and their pursuit for the beautiful things in life develops into a poetic atmosphere.
We will work on the refinement of the actor’s ability to move through the different domains of stage and screen, and learn to assess themselves. Practical hands-on scene work encompasses ensemble training, intensive scene analysis, rehearsals, and individual close-up work to capture authentic moments both onstage and in front of the camera. Creative adaptations of the scenes according to each actor’s style, preferences, and prowess will be reached by looking for the right registers of emotion, gesture, and dialogue. To encourage energetic film and theatre creations, our focus will also be on the core principles of a successful interaction on set, on stage and in rehearsals. One of our aims is to enfold new impressions based on “The Seagull,” while we are delivering it from the stage to the screen.
By having the freedom to explore new aesthetic possibilities, this highly educational venue will provide fresh impulses to the participant’s own life as an artist. We will play with Chekhov´s essential themes, his lyricism, and his subtlety to measure our artistic position with one of the greatest creators of characters in the history of dramatic writing. As Anton Chekhov said through the character of Kostya in The Seagull, “ … we have to find new forms …”
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.