Early Scene Work

“A little piece of Art”

finding a sense of form in the character, the piece or the play through the Michael Chekhov Technique.

Michael Chekhov said that everything you did, every exercise , every improvisation, every scene, every play needed a ‘feeling of Form’ and a “feeling of Entirety”. Each piece had to be “a little piece of Art”. We are going to explore these two fundamental planks of Chekhov Technique to enable us to create more believable and focussed characters and performances using the psycho-physical technique which through the imagination and the body takes us to new realms.

Getting the whole understanding of form in our bodies is crucial. How do you start a scene? What are the dynamics? And how does the scene end? And what happens in between? Working with tableaux, gesture and transformation, we will work with a yet to be decided text. This technique will give a strong grid on which to work, yet at the same time give you as a performer/director an immense freedom. It is both completely practical and helps the performer to express the invisible. Highly relevant to directors and students of acting.

Tutor :Max Hafler  began his professional life as an actor is a theatre tutor, director and writer who now specialises primarily in Michael Chekhov Technique and Voice. His own professional training is primarily LAMDA, MICHA and Michael Chekhov Europe ,He teaches at NUIG, and has guested at Boston MIT, USMaine Gorham, the Lir and others. He has worked extensively on youth and applied theatre programmes including more than a decade at GYT. His book, Teaching Voice, was published by Nick Hern Books in 2016. He set up Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland to make the West of Ireland a hub for the acting technique. His last professional production for Theatrecorp was The Duchess of Malfi and his most recent professional work was The Sacrificial Wind at the Cuirt International Festival of Literature 2017. His college and youth theatre work include   The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Yerma ,The Trial, and The Bacchae in the version by David Greig. His most recent production is 12th Night by Shakespeare in the O’Donoghue Theatre at NUI Galway , February 13-17th. He is the author of several plays professionally produced, adaptations and a book for facilitators called Teaching Voice. (Nick Hern Books 2016)

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