“GIVING VOICE TO THE IMAGINATION: a Michael Chekhov Workshop for Actors”
Dates: 23rd to 26th May 2017
Venue: Studio 2, The Lab, 1 Foley St., Dublin 1 (see map)
A Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland event taught by Max Hafler and guest teacher Hugo Moss.
In “Giving Voice to the Imagination” participants will be given the space and time to work on two distinct elements of an actor’s creative life which can be difficult to sustain in everyday life. Michael Chekhov spoke of the “exact imagination”, something we are able to use in a practical way, allowing the imagination to not only to send us images and ideas, but with a certain sort of concentration can truly support and transform us on the stage. We will also work with the voice, allowing it to organically fill us and the space, rather than consider it a separate activity in training, exploration and performance.
The class will work with a play [tba] and participants will be required to learn a short speech prior to the workshop. Participants should also know the play reasonably well.
Michael Chekhov believed that actors are first and foremost artists and we will be working from that basis here. Participants will be expanding their creative concentration through the imagination, but in a tangible, practical sense, and will be using this to bring greater truth to their use of the voice.
We welcome all applicants who respond to this programme. “Giving Voice to the Imagination” may be your first Michael Chekhov workshop, but it shouldn’t be your first acting workshop.
This is a 4-day event with 21 hours of class. The studio space will be available from 10 a.m. each day and the programme will be as follows:
10:00 Studio opens / arrival
10:45-13:15 Morning session
14:45-17:00 Afternoon session
Tuition fees are €240 per person.
We are offering 14 places, which will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Those interested should complete the Application Form and send it, together with a photo, to:
Download the application form HERE:
We use the Application Form not only to get your details, but as an opportunity for you to tell us a little about yourself as an artist.You will hear back from us within a few days and, upon acceptance in the workshop, participants will be required to take one of two courses of action:
– Until 30th April: payment of €120 to secure a place in the workshop. The balance will be due no later than 10th May.
– After 1st May: full payment of tuition fees (€240)
Payments may be made via deposit/transfer into the Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland account with the Bank of Ireland.
Cancellation policy: In principle, all tuition fees are non-refundable. However, if you do have to cancel unexpectedly, we will certainly do our utmost to accommodate you (for instance, if we are able to fill your place).
Studio 2 at THE LAB is a spacious studio (14m x 8m) on the 2nd floor. Participants will have full use of the Green Room, with coffee and tea-making facilities, microwave oven and fridge.
The Lab is located on the north side of central Dublin, 5 minute’s walk from the main avenue O’Connell Street and less than 10 minutes from the DART train, LUAS tram and numerous bus services.
We will be happy to provide some general accommodation advice for visitors from out of town.
Workshops will be given in English but should this not be your first language, a little side coaching will be available in French, German and Portuguese.
Max Hafler has decades of experience as actor, teacher and director. He has taught Michael Chekhov since 2010 at NUI Galway and in 2015 launched Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland, which provides a platform for regular workshops and productions. He has worked internationally and guest taught at, amongst others, MIT, The Lir and USM. He recently published “Teaching Voice” (Nick Hern Books, 2016) which brings the voice work together with Michael Chekhov Technique.
Hugo Moss is UK-born Irish and has lived in Brazil for 30 years, working in many artistic fields, and as film and theatre director was so inspired by Michael Chekhov’s artistic legacy that he began teaching the technique full-time in 2010. He is co-founder of Michael Chekhov Brasil, a studio based in Rio de Janeiro and pioneer for the teaching and practice of the Michael Chekhov technique in Brazil. He has taught as Visiting Professor at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and is a faculty member of Lenard Petit’s Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York.