Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland
“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
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?
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
Max 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. ”
for information: contact 0(0353) 86 330 7325
UP COMING COURSES
Spring courses 2018
Venue NUI Galway
March 9th– 11th Imagination and The Body /Working in Ensemble
This workshop, beginning on Friday evening and finishing on Sunday at 5pm will focus specifically on fundamental elements of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique focussing on exercises to explore the spectacular vista of the Imagination! How can it help us create as actors, directors and artists?
This workshop is for people new to the work or those wanting to reconnect with it. We will work on an epic poem or myth tba. Courage to use your imagination and to play is essential.
April 6. – 8th Character and Audition pieces.
This workshop beginning on Friday evening and finishing on Sunday at 5pm will focus particularly on character tools and the uses of Chekhov technique in audition situations . Actors will bring a short audition speech in to work with in addition to looking at a text. Professional or aspiring professionals only . A little experience of the Chekhov technique would be useful.
May 4 – 6th The Feeling Voice
This workshop beginning on Friday evening and finishing on Sunday at 5pm will focus particularly on exercises from Max’s book Teaching voice published by Nick Hern books, and will work primarily using Chekhov exercises, along with more conventional voice work, to open our voices to the text.
“The nature of the actor’s creative and expressive process is complex because the raw material is the human being who performs. Hafler understands this and combines very effectively the teachings of Michael Chekhov with work on voice to awaken all aspects of the performer.” Youth Theatre Ireland on Teaching Voice
past courses 2017
THE FEELING VOICE:
BLUE TEAPOTS THEATRE SPACE.GALWAY
3rd – 5th November
The character does not have to have the same voice as us. This is not just a matter of accent or where we place our voice. As soon as we start to use imaginative exercises we can explore something far deeper.
This weekend workshop offers THE PERFORMER ways to enliven and connect the speaking voice outside of the traditional exercises. We will of course be visiting and reminding ourselves of those, but we will also be working on small pieces of text using Michael Chekhov based exercises from Max’s book Teaching Voice, published by Nick Hern Books
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place
weekend cost 80€
Friday Evening 7-10
Saturday 1 – 6
Sunday 10 – 5
MAKING AN ENTRANCE, LEAVING THE STAGE. ATMOSPHERE THRESHOLD AND COMPOSITION
24TH – 26TH NOVEMBER GALWAY CITY
This weekend is useful for Actors, performers and directors who consider that decisive moment when you enter the world of the play and when you leave it. When you go onto a stage you are leaving the offstage world of the play behind for the onstage world of the play. But you as the actor are stepping into a new space, not only into another room but into the world of the theatre. You are walking into the atmosphere of the scene which in turn is amplified by the gaze of the audience. We will fully explore these moments by looking at a number of given scenes through the practise of some of the Chekhov work. We will look at and experience how the weight of the past follows the character into the room. this is not to create a kind of soap opera moment but a powerful and meaningful arrival or departure.
Friday Evening 7-10
Saturday 1 – 6
Sunday 10 – 5
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80€ location Galway city
Booking. email email@example.com to book your place with a 40euro deposit or phone 086 330 7325 for more info.
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