Laboratory of Movement | CREATIVE LABS 2018
We imagine "Laboratories" as a specific space for acquiring new competences, creative searches, acquiring new knowledge and skills. This project meets the new emerging model of the functioning of culture, in which common practice is often research and / or laboratory work.
Laboratory of Movement
27.08-30.08.2018 I 15.30 – 18.00 I Venue: Polish Dance Theatre Studio (Aula)
The laboratory of movement is a five-day block of classes focused around the biomechanics of W. Meyerhold.
The Biomechanics of theater was created by Vsevolod Meyerhold and his actors in the first decades of the 20th century. Its base is a synthesis of the tradition of European theater and theaters of the East. It is a psychophysical training focused on teaching the most fundamental principles of acting craft. Biomechanics helps an actor in feeling and understanding his stage presence - in time and space, it teaches coordination, balance, work with a prop and strict implementation of the tasks and ideas proposed by the director. At the same time, it raises the self-awareness of the actor, develops creativity and provides tools for independent composing of movements. Classes in Biomechanics were carried out according to the scheme already in the 30s: first the initial training devised individually by the teacher in accordance with the general principles of Biomechanics, then learning the classical movement etudes composed by Meyerhold that are the core of the technique.
There are skills that help the actor in his work: coordination in space and time, focus, balance.
Biomechanics helps to develop these skills. Each session consists of two parts: the first one is a general training to familiarize with the principle of creating the movement in accordance with the rules of biomechanics and with the use of props; the second one is learning one of the five original Biomechanics etudes by Meyerhold.
The workshop is directed to people involved in stage and performative activities that have already had experience with Meyerhold's Theatrical Biomechanics.
Participants are asked to prepare: a comfortable exercise outfit (long pants, long-sleeved shirt) and comfortable, flexible, exercise footwear (in the room you must not walk barefoot).
Lecturer: Aleksiej Lewiński
Aleksiej Lewiński is an actor, director, teacher, laureate of the State Award of the Russian Federation in the field of art. A graduate of the MChAT (1969), in which he received an education as an actor. In the years 1969-1987 he was one of the leading actors in The Moscow Academic Theatre of Satire. This is where, in the years 1971-1975, he studied Theatrical Biomechanics under the direction of Nikolai Grigorievich Kustov - a collaborator of Meyerhold, an actor and teacher of Biomechanics at the Vsevolod Meyerhold Theater in the 30s. In 1979 he graduated from the Directing Department at the Russian Institute of Theater Arts (GITIS). At the same time, he began experimental work with actors and students and founded the Studio Theater that operates to this day.
Currently, he works as an actor and director in Moscow theaters, OKOLO and Maria Yermolova Theater and regularly conducts workshops on Biomechanics at the Vsevolod Meyerhold Center, as well as in Austria, the Netherlands, Germany, USA, Great Britain, Poland and other countries.
Please email your applications on: firstname.lastname@example.org
The participants will be notified individually about the results of the recruitment by e-mail to the address provided in the application by July 25, 2018. Participation in the laboratories is free *, if the participant will be present in all classes.
What should include application?
The application should include a covering letter, a CV, and information about the expectations of the applicant.
Curator: Anna Królica
Organizer: Polski Teatr Tańca