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Sunday, 10.00am — 9.00pm
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17 November 2017
Friday 24 Nov, 7.30pm — 10.30pm
Saturday 25 Nov, 1.00pm — 9.00pm
Sunday 26 Nov, 10.00am — 9.00pm
Who is this workshop for?
Everyone. We welcome both actors and non-actors with an interest in the arts.
This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds.
Minimum age for admission is 18 and above.
What is this workshop about?
Meyerhold’s Biomechanics – a psycho-physical actors training: This introductory workshop clarifies the particular background and the specific terminology of Meyerhold’s psycho-physical actors training and gives a practical as well as a theoretical understanding of how he communicated with his actors on stage.
The mostly practical work of the intensive one-day workshop is accompanied by a one-hour video-lecture about the theatre historical context in which Meyerhold worked. His days as an acting student with Constantin Stanislavski, the split and the reunification with him play an important part in this lecture.
The connection between Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and Stanislawski’s Method of Physical Action will be made tangible in theory and practice during the entire workshop.
This workshop will also introduce to the basic principles of Meyerhold’s Biomechanics: For example the principle of totality: If you move the tip of your nose, the whole body will move. Moving the most insignificant part of your body involves the movement of the whole body.
Terminology in Biomechanics
Otkas = preparation (also rejection)
Posyl = execution
Stoika = fixation
Tormos = break – the ability to control your movements during the Posyl/excution in order to achieve a precise Stoika/fixation
Rakurs = an expression borowed from film language will be explained during the workshop
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- Terminology of Meyerhold's Biomechanics
- Principle of totality
- Biomechanics Etude
- Meyerhold's Biomechanics & Stanislawski's Method of Physical Action
- Meyerhold's psychophysical training
Ralf Raeuker studied acting (1981-85), worked with Jerzy Grotowski in Italy 1985 and in France 1987. Ralf received a two years postgrad scholarship to research Meyerhold’s Biomechanics (1988-90) at the University of Arts Berlin. He worked from 1991-96 in close collaboration with Gennadi Bogdanov from Moscow on a long term research project, teaching and documenting Biomechanics at the Mime Center Berlin. In the 1970s, Bogdanov was trained by Nikolai Kustov who was an actor and instructor for Biomechanics at the Meyerhold Theatre in Moscow (from 1928 until the theatre was closed in 1938). In 1995, Ralf started his career as a theatre maker and director and has directed and devised more than 20 theatre and performance projects since then.
- Meyerhold's Biomechanics and Stanislawski's Method of Physical Action
- Understanding and embodying a precise stage terminology
- Understanding of Meyerhold's Biomechanics principles & Meyerhold’s psychophysical training
- Abillity to apply the basic principles and the terminology of Biomechanics to one's work on stage
- Application of principle of totality as one self and with co-actors
17 November 2017