A weekend Intensive in Meyerhold – Biomechanics with Nigel Poulton
October 12 - October 14
At its basic level, Theatrical Biomechanics is about the composition and structure of movement and gesture. It is a system that equips the actor through process with a physical and intellectual understanding of movement, as articulated through the principles of Otkas, Posyl, Toichka, Stoika, Tormos, Rakurs and Gruppirovka. Meyerhold was influenced by many things throughout the development of his system, including the motion economy research being done by Aleksei Gastev, the study and research into reflexology by Vladmir Bekhterev, and the physical culture and education movement of Pytor Lesgalt. These were all formative influences on the system which utilises an adherence to form and structure to internalise the above mentioned principles. It is only through diligent training in form and structure that one can understand and begin to express movement with consistency, control and in a free and ‘natural’ way.
Meyerhold believed that “all psychological states are determined by specific physiological processes, by correctly resolving the nature of (their) state physically, the actor reaches the point where (they) experiences the excitation which communicates itself to the spectator and induces (them) to share in the actors performance: what we used to call ‘gripping’ the spectator. It is this excitation which is the very essence of the actor’s art. From a sequence of physical positions and situations, there arise those points of excitation which are informed with some particular emotion” (Braun, 1969: 199).
SCHEDULE APEX Recreation Centre Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island
|Friday 12th||5pm||APEX Recreation Centre Picnic Bay||Arrival of participants||Contact Madonna for 0476590004 arrival time|
|7.30pm – 10pm||Hall||Welcome and workshop||Short break when needed|
|Saturday 13th||7am – 8am||Cafeteria||BREAKFAST|
|9am – 12pm||Hall||Biomechanics||Morning tea break at suitable time|
|12 – 12.30pm||Cafeteria||LUNCH|
|1pm – 5pm||Hall||Biomechanics||Morning tea break at suitable time|
|Sunday 14th||7am – 8am||Cafeteria||BREAKFAST – Pack your bags|
|1pm – 5pm||Hall||Biomechanics||Morning tea break at 10.30am|
|FINISH||Get some lunch / fish and chips and drop to Ferry||Morning tea break at 10.30am|
*This schedule is subject to change
Please wear comfortable clothes suitable for an active program.
You will be required to catch a ferry over to Magnetic Island and a bus to the Recreation Centre in Picnic Bay. If you want to take your car over you will need to organise that with the Fantasea barge. This costs around $80. You can take up to 4 people in your vehicle. We can reimburse you the cost of a return ferry ticket.
If you are going to take the ferry only we will book and pay for your SEALINK RETURN FERRY TICKET FOR YOU TO COLLECT at the ferry terminal. The ticket will be in your name. The bus driver will be happy to let you know where to get off just let them know you are going to the APEX Recreation Centre in Picnic Bay.
Ferry & Barge
Passenger and car ferries run regular daily services to Magnetic Island 7 days a week.
SeaLink Magnetic Island
(Passenger 20-25 mins travel time)
- Departs Townsville from the Breakwater Terminal, Sir Leslie Theiss Drive, Townsville. (Near The Ville Casino)
- Departs Magnetic Island from the Nelly Bay Harbour.
SeaLink timetable, or for enquiries:
(Within Australia): Call 07 4726 0800 (International): Call 617 4726 0800
Fantasea Cruising Magnetic
(Car/Vehicle & Passenger Barge 40 mins travel time)
- Departs Townsville from Ross Street, South Townsville.
- Departs Magnetic Island from Nelly Bay
For bookings and enquiries:
(Within Australia): Call 07 4796 9300
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
The Beach and Picnic Bay Hotel are a 5 minute walk from the centre. There is a stinger enclosure for swimming. You will be accommodated in dorm rooms with 4 people per room. Please bring your own bedding. Showers are male and female. Please bring your own towel. There is onsite catering for all meals. They also accommodate any special dietary requirements.
Cost: $250, includes ferry fares, meals and accommodation.