ENGLAND -  KENT

  3 - 8 JULY 2017


Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Kent UK presents...


The Improvising Actor using Michael Chekhov's Approach


“The actor who has not felt the pure joy of transforming himself on the stage with each new part can scarcely know the real, creative meaning of improvisation.”  - Michael Chekhov


Workshop led by Graham Dixon  

Director and Founder of the MCSL

MCSL Patron is Simon Callow


WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

    ▪    Understand Michael Chekhov’s technique for improvisation

    ▪    Study with world renowned teacher Graham Dixon

    ▪    Early Bird Booking before 1 April 2017

In Michael Chekhov’s terms, improvisation is a means to an end, not an end in itself. And what is that end? It is to connect to our higher creative self or the artist within: the part of myself that knows and informs my actor part.


The workshop will give an experience of the balance between limitation and creative freedom when improvising, and will provide the simple means to construct a narrative line or scene through means of improvisation, and will bring you spontaneity and freshness in rehearsal and performance.


FOR EARLY BIRD BOOKING RATES  -  REGISTRATION  -  ALL INFO

https://www.bruford.ac.uk/courses/the-improvising-actor-and-michael-chekhov-with-graham-dixon/


COURSE FEES  

£500

$610

Accommodation Fees 

£250

$310

All dollar prices correct on 18th November 2016 at an exchange rate of $1.24 / £1.00


VENUE

Rose Bruford College

Lamorbey Park,

DA15 9DF Sidcup,

Bexley,

United Kingdom


WHEN

Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th July


SCHEDULE

10am - 5pm Monday to Friday

10am - 1pm Saturday


COURSE CONTENT

Graham Dixon has developed a common-sense approach to the Michael Chekhov principles including that of improvisation. He has advanced these principles for easy and direct use by actors without precluding directors, singers, dancers and even writers from the benefit that these principles offer all performers and practitioners in the Arts.


Those most keen on (self) devised works will learn methods of building up a scene and narrative line.


Simple and basic improvising exercises will be explored on how to coax out and tempt the real actor or artist within us to come and play. The essence of these simple exercises is:

1. How to tame intellectual thinking.

2. What is meant by the artistic necessity to “keep moving”.

We will then apply these new improvising methods to explore and practise scene work as a basis for exploration. The following will be revealed to us artistically:

1. The essence of character.

2. The dynamics, structure and composition of scenes or narrative lines.

3. The whole “idea” of the play.


PARTICIPANTS  - WHAT MUST I PREPARE?

Please come with a short learned monologue and nursery rhyme.


PARTICIPANTS  - WHAT DO I WEAR?

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and soft footwear with no heels in which to work, as your feet need to sense the floor easily. No trainers or sports shoes.


TESTIMONIALS

John Albasiny, Actor

England

"Graham is an excellent teacher: clear, patient, supportive, non-judgmental, and he continually brought us back to the practical relevance of the exercises and the concrete nature of everything that we were doing. The atmosphere that he helped to create was friendly, fun, concentrated and highly conducive to the work we were doing."


Simon Radcliffe, Voice Coach

England

“Graham's skill in creating the atmosphere for creative work was a real lesson for me. And it depended on his honesty about the group process and clarity about the work. It was practical and it reached the soul. And it wasn't magical; I felt enabled to use what I'd learned very quickly.”


Oliver Gatz, Actor

England

“It was a pleasure to work with you and watch you work. You teach with incredible passion and energy for this approach, and also create a fantastic atmosphere - an environment any actor can truly thrive in. Many thanks for inspiring a new awareness within myself and others.”


GRAHAM DIXON - BIOGRAPHY - AND THE MCSL

Graham has been involved in Michael Chekhov work as a professional actor, director and teacher for nearly 50 years having studied with and met many of Chekhov's original students. He is recognized internationally as an important master teacher in the Chekhov approach to the world of imagination and creation and to finding ones own ‘Artist within’.


At 16 he began his training and worked professionally as an actor in Sydney, Australia, where he studied voice and speech with Alice Crowther - Chekhov’s speech and eurythmy teacher in England and USA. Contact with Alice and later with the acting method of Chekhov brought an awareness of the inner nature of the actor’s craft: this interest has been the leitmotif throughout his professional life. Like Michael Chekhov, Graham has an interest in the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and his Anthroposophy (Spiritual Science).


He furthered his training in Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech Method (taught by Alice) at the Goetheanum in Switzerland and The London School of Speech Formation. This was followed by three years’ work as a theatre director of Shakespeare plays and devised works with young people in Germany.


Returning to Australia in 1975, he started his own theatre company, DIONYSIA PRODUCTIONS, and produced Henry IV, Part 1 in 1980 - despite the theatre burning down during rehearsals, the show went on!


Since 1980, he has been active in directing, writing and performing for his theatre company, which has toured Australia, the UK and Europe with imagination-based fairytale and Shakespeare programmes.


In 1984, he returned to Europe and was a co-founder of the Michael Chekhov Centre UK (MCCUK), now known as Michael Chekhov UK (MCUK).


In 2003, Graham founded the MICHAEL CHEKHOV STUDIO LONDON (MCSL) in England and continues to offer workshops and classes in the UK, in Europe and USA.


SIMON CALLOW, renowned actor and author, is the gracious patron of the MCSL.

(formerly Mala Powers, Chekhov’s executrix)


THANK YOU FOR READING

If you have any questions, contact us in London:

info@michaelchekhovstudio.org.uk


Workshop led by Graham Dixon  

Director and Founder of the MCSL

MCSL Patron is Simon Callow