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A weekend Intensive in Meyerhold – Biomechanics with Nigel Poulton

October 12 - October 14

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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
6pm-7pm Cafeteria DINNER
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
6pm-7pm Cafeteria DINNER
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
3pm Ferry

*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


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.


October 12
October 14
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