Performance Making Masterclass (Nov 2018)

Three-Day Workshop with Public Performance

Upcoming Class Schedule

2 November, 2018 — 4 November, 2018

Friday, 7.00pm — 10.00pm

Saturday, 10.00am — 6.00pm

Sunday, 11.00am — 7.30pm

Programme Details

(This video is from 2017’s Biomechanics Workshop by Ralf Raeuker – The 2018 masterclass in
Performance Making includes an introduction to Biomechanics but this is not the main focus.)

2nd November, Friday: 7pm – 10pm
3rd November, Saturday: 10am – 6pm
4th November, Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm

Public Performance
4th November, Sunday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Public can reserve seats by emailing to

Who is this workshop for?
This masterclass is for all those who want to use their artistic freedom and explore new ways of creating original work.
– collaborate with other workshop participants in a creative process
– apply Meyerhold’s Biomechanics to their artistic work.
Open to anyone from all backgrounds. Minimum age for admission is 18 and above.



What is this workshop about?

In the long tradition and specialisation of theatre, the playwright writes, the director directs and the actors act.  However, in this workshop our aim as a team is to create performances that are not based on an already written play. Text may be used conceptually and may be spoken on stage, but the starting point in our process is not a dramatic text by one author. Instead we might use a piece of music, a poem, a specific costume, an alarming newspaper article, a mind-blowing picture etc.

Overcoming traditional structures is liberating and opens up many exciting possibilities. This masterclass is an invitation to use our freedom and explore ways of creating original work.

The first gathering on Friday evening will be about connecting with each other, sharing ideas and formulating individual and collective goals for the weekend. Participants should bring along any material they find inspiring.

On Saturday morning Ralf will give a practical introduction to Stanislavski’s Method of Physical Action and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics. These are the foundations for a performer’s work, useful in both text-based and non-text based productions. The afternoon is dedicated to principles and strategies in Performance Making.

All of Sunday is about creating your own work (solo or in groups) and presenting it at the end of the day to the public in a pay-what-you-feel performance.

Do I get a discount?
Please refer to our early bird promotions.


Payment Plans
Payment Plans are available.
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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

About the Instructor

Ralf Räuker

Ralf Räuker 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.

Areas of Focus

  • Meyerhold's Biomechanics and Stanislawski's Method of Physical Action
  • Understanding and embodying a precise stage terminology

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Sign up for:

Performance Making Masterclass (Nov 2018) / Three-Day Workshop with Public Performance

Registration closes:
29 October 2018