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
Autumn 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
Read www.maxhafler.wordpress.com for more information.
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.
tutors Max Hafler
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: Michael 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.
Continuers – I am a Seagull! Autumn 2016
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.