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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 Dancenorth, Cnr of Stanley Street and Walker Street, Townsville City
|Friday 12th||7pm||Dancenorth||Arrival of participants||Contact Madonna for 0476590004 arrival time|
|7.30pm – 10pm||Welcome and workshop||Short break when needed|
|Saturday 13th||9am – 12pm||Dancenorth||Biomechanics||Morning tea break at suitable time|
|12 – 12.30pm||LUNCH|
|1pm – 5pm||Biomechanics||Morning tea break at suitable time|
|Sunday 14th||9am – 3pm||Dancenorth||Biomechanics||Morning tea break at 10.30am|
*This schedule is subject to change
Please wear comfortable clothes suitable for an active program.