Michael Chekhov Spring School
LENARD PETIT, OLIVIA RÜDINGER, ULRICH MEYER-HORSCH
March 12-17, 2018
Making Contact: Body-Breath-Imagination
Our lives make a difference when we connect, when we make contact. In order to make our work on stage authentic and alive, we need to get into contact with our inner images and our emotions. This is possible through organic breathing.
Images are the core of the actor's creativity, the fuel of impulses and ideas. How do we create images? And how do we embody images, make them physical, so that we can share them with the audience?
In this workshop we will explore the natural flow of our breath and how it creates images through movement. Participants will experience the connection between natural breathing, inner images and emotional authenticity.
— Concentration – Imagination – Gesture – Psycho-physical Exercises – Breath and Voice – Images in poetry – Qualities of Movement – Qualities, Sensations, Feelings – Ensemble
CONTACT / APPLICATION:
March 12-17, 2018
Mon: 7pm — 9pm / Tue-Sat: 10am — 5pm
Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg
Oelkersallee 29a and 33, Hamburg
Working language: English / Participants may act in their own language
Costs: € 450,-- / € 420,--
Michael Chekhov Europe Training module 1
Director of the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio, New York City; founding member of Michael Chekhov Association MICHA; author of the Michael Chekhov Handbook for the Actor
Lenard Petit has been working in the theatre for forty years collaborating with other artists to create original works for the stage, cinema, and television. He has directed plays and performance pieces on and Off Broadway, and in Great Britain. As an actor, he has performed in works by Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Ping Chong, and many others.
One of a handful of teacher students trained by the original members of Michael Chekhov’s Theatre School, in 2016, Mr. Petit was invited to create a Michael Chekhov Workshop and Festival in connection with The Shanghai Theatre Academy, Theatre Arts Festival Shanghai, China. He has been invited to teach master classes in Amsterdam, Rome, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Munich, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, Brussels, Zurich, Dublin, London, Riga, Vilnius, and Irkutsk, Siberia. Mr Petit has been a member of the faculty of the National Academy of Arts in Oslo (KHIO), Norway. For twenty-five years he taught the Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Acting coach, Artistic director of Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg
Olivia Ruedinger, US-Citizen, has been a highly recognized acting coach in Germany for more than thirty years.
She received her bachelors degree in speech and dramatics from the University of Minnesota. Later, she studied modern dance and dance pedagogy at the Lola Rogge School in Hamburg and became a member of the faculty, teaching modern dance and improvisation. For the next 8 years she studied Reichian breathing technique and body work.
During this time she directed and performed in the dance theatre company „Winter auf Mallorca“.
1987 she founded together with her partner Michaela Uhlig the drama school „Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg“. There she is the artistic director and teaches breathing, improvisation and organic movement.
Actor and Director. Artistic Director of Michael Chekhov Studio Hamburg
Ulrich Meyer-Horsch has been acting and directing in German state and regional theatres for more than twenty years: Theater Kiel, Theater Lübeck, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Kampnagel Hamburg, Altonaer Theater, Komödie Düsseldorf, and Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, among others. He has worked with Simon McBurney and Complicite, Augusto Boal and Yoshi Oida. As an award winning director he is known for his playful productions of the works of Bertolt Brecht.
Ulrich Meyer-Horsch holds a degree in Acting from Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg and university diplomas in Theatre Pedagogy, Theology and Philosophy. He studied with Michael Chekhov’s former students Hurt Hatfield, Deidre Hurst du Prey, Mala Powers and Joanna Merlin as well as with master teachers from Germany and Russia. In his approach to the Chekhov Technique he incorporates the exploration of children’s games and work with masks. Since 1994 he has been teaching throughout Europe, Russia, Brazil, the US, Japan and Taiwan. He is a lecturer at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey, and a member of the international faculty of MICHA, New York. For the last 12 years he has also been teaching improvisation, imagination and scene study at Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg.