Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland

Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland

chekhovtrainperformireland@gmail.com

“The body of an actor must absorb psychological qualities, must be filled and permeated with them so that they will convert it gradually into a sensitive membrane.”

“Cold analytic, materialistic thinking tends to throttle the urge to the imagination.”

TO THE ACTOR. MICHAEL CHEKHOV

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From the recent workshop Expressing the Invisible. Naia Martz and Fiona Quinn..photo John Mchugh

The objective of Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland is twofold; first, to promote the Michael Chekhov Acting technique in Ireland through quality training  courses for actors, directors, writers and teaching artists; and secondly the development of performance  projects using the Chekhov technique as the bedrock of the rehearsal process

Who was Michael Chekhov?

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Michael Chekhov

Michael Chekhov [1891-1955] was one of the most innovative actor/director/teachers of the 20th century. A nephew of the great playwright Anton Chekhov, he acted in the Moscow Arts Theatre with extraordinary success, occasionally coming into conflict with Stanislavski and others that worked there. His journey across Europe and eventually to the United States, where he acted in Hollywood movies [most notably in Hitchcock’s SPELLBOUND], taught and influenced a whole number of famous and less famous actors, is one of both frustration and triumph.

And the Technique?

Chekhov’s great legacy is his technique. His concept of psycho-physical exercises, where the character is discovered though images, and physicalisation of the character’s psychological drives, makes acting absolutely thrilling and magical. It expands the creative boundaries for a person not by working directly from ‘real life’ but from the vast palette of the creative imagination. Whilst this might appear at first glance to be somewhat ethereal, it opens the performer in a real and powerful way. The technique reminds us that the theatre is an art.

 

Max Hafler – resident teacher

6Max Hafler is a highly experienced theatre teacher and director. He trained with the Michael Chekhov Association in the U.S., and has been teaching Chekhov for many years. He teaches the technique at NUI Galway and has taught it in many other colleges, including the Lir. One of his main interests is developing the work for directors, and he has directed several productions with the technique as the bedrock of the process. His book, “Teaching Voice” was published by Nick Hern Books for youth leaders and teachers using Voice and Chekhov Technique, in 2016.

Joanna Merlin , president of the Michael Chekhov Association says

“I was a student of Michael Chekhov’s in the last five years of his life. The atmosphere that he created was one of joyfulness, freedom, enlargement, permission and a belief in every actor’s creative individuality. I feel that Max embraces and radiates that spirit of Michael Chekhov fully and intuitively. Max’s understanding and application of this work is vital to the development of the actor’s creative instrument. ”

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Courses  2016.

After an exciting series of freestanding spring weekend workshops commencing with Chekhov and Devising, followed by Directing with Chekhov Technique and an Introduction Weekend, CTPI then went on with Expressing the Invisible, in collaboration with
The Centre For Drama, Theatre and Performance NUI Galway  which took place in The View , the Student Centre NUI Galway over four days in August: IMG_2111 copy.JPGMichael Chekhov believed that the job of the actor and theatre maker was to make the intangible, tangible and to reveal the invisible to the audience. That is what the workshop set out to explore working with a well known Irish text. We hope to run this course again next August and will bring information as soon as we get it.

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Barry Cullen, Mary Monaghan, Ronan Cassidy, Naia Martz

Continuers – I am a Seagull! Autumn 2016

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Arkardina (Sarah O’Toole) and Trigorin (Eoin Geogheghan) scene study. Photo John McHugh

This year we ran a series of six Sundays working with people with some experience of Chekhov Technique; professionals teachers and students. These six five hour sessions took place on Sundays from 11- 5 with an hour for lunch.   They took the participants through from practise to application.

 

Courses 2017

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Janna Lindstrom and Conor Geogheghan in a recent CTPI workshop

SPRING TERM ANNOUNCEMENTS. FOUR WEEKEND COURSES, TWO AIMED AT OPENERS AND TWO AT CONTINUERS

Weekend One Openers 24-26 Feb . Galway City. Body and Imagination first.

This weekend , beginning on Friday evening and working through till Sunday evening will allow you to explore creating character and narrative through body, energy and imagination, work that is at the heart of Michael Chekhov’s extraordinarily creative Acting Technique. It reminds us that performers are artists first and foremost and that our capabilities are infinite.
This course is for people new to the work, which includes the more experienced who may be meeting Michael Chekhov’s work for the first time. The course allows you to work at your own level.Ideal for directors /actors/ people interested in working with energy. Maximum 12.

Training hours [approximate] 7-9.30 Friday. 10- 5 Saturday.10 – 5 Sunday. location Galway city 15 hrs training
Cost 75 euro training only.

Weekend Two Openers 10-12 March . Character. This weekend focuses on exploring aspects of Character within a text using the technique. What ways can we use to illuminate aspects of character as we experience them as artists? Working with Centres, Gesture and Imaginary Body in particular, we start to explore how we can create characters quite unlike us using the Chekhov Work.

This course is for people new to the work, which includes the more experienced who may be meeting the Chekhov work for the first time. The course allows you to work at your own level.Short scene work from a given play.
Training hours [approximate] 7-9.30 Friday. 10- 5 Saturday.10 – 5 Sunday. location Galway city 15 hrs training
Cost 75 euro training only.

Weekend three . (24th – 26th March ) Continuers. Working with Chorus . Based on Max’s voice book published by Nick Hern Books, TEACHING VOICE, this weekend is for actors, directors, students and youth theatre facilitators focusing on using Chekhov technique to develop vocal opportunity. The participant will work with their own piece of text as well as a choric piece in half groups.
This course is for people with a little experience in either voice or Chekhov work, and more advanced students and performers. Maximum 12

Training hours [approximate] 7-9.30 Friday. 11- 5 Saturday.10 – 5 Sunday. location Galway city 15 hrs training
Cost 75 euro training only.

Weekend four. [31st March – 2nd April] Continuers – The Rest is Silence. Michael Chekhov made a big plank of his work the movement of energy within silence. Paying attention to this aspect of work can pay massive dividends to performers and audiences alike as we start to understand what actually happens in silences, encompassing the movement of energy between performer/characters and finding out what might be going on and how to share that with our audience.

This course is for people with some experience of Chekhov work, and more advanced students and performers. Maximum 12

Training hours [approximate] 7-9.30 Friday. 11- 5 Saturday.10 – 5 Sunday. location Galway city 15 hrs training
Cost 75 euro training only.

Booking. email chekhovtrainperformireland@gmail.com to book your place with a 30euro deposit .
if you want to book all four workshops there is a discount available. Places are limited.

Other plans include a four day workshop in Dublin some time in 2017 working on Chekhov Techniqute and Shakespeare with Max  Hafler and a guest tutor from abroad, and of course the four day workshop in NUI.

Questions

CHOOSING MY COURSE . WHAT DOES OPENERS AND CONTINUERS MEAN?

I would say that ‘openers’ is literally that. If you have an interest and are new to the work or have participated in up to a couple of weekend courses , the openers course is for you. It might be that you have done more but you need a refresher. That would work too.

A continuer means you have to have been to at least two weekend courses [not necessarily with me] . If you have done a lot of work, I will work to the level you are at with the technique.

What do I do if I am an experienced actor, but with no knowledge of Chekhov Technique?

I would suggest you attend the Openers class and make me aware of that fact, because whatever your goal, you need to learn the basic principles of the work. I am hoping to do more courses for professionals in years to come. But just email and we can discuss it.

This is all a while away! How do I stay in touch?

Try emailing chekhovtrainperformireland@gmail.com and say you want to be put on the mailing list . or look out for the website which hopefully will go live in December.