Michael Chekhov

3 Week Short Course

Course Details

Monday 1, 8, 15 November

19:00 – 22:00 each night

Course Description

These sessions aim to deepen the relationship between the actor’s imagination, body and voice and endeavour to support and facilitate a more holistic, psychophysical approach to acting. They are also an opportunity to work from a more authentic, present, grounded and embodied state of being.

We’ll explore the relationship between the actor’s body, their imagination, and the world around them and we’ll connect to the drives and will impulses of the characters we play.

These ideas find form in the following exercises: giving and receiving, expansion and contraction, the six directions in space, imaginary centres, archetypes and psychological gesture.

The workshop will be movement-centric but it would also be useful if participants could bring a text from a character they know well / are very familiar with – one they would like to investigate on a deeper level (either classical or contemporary works just fine.)

The body is the gateway to connecting to this work, so although no experience of Michael Chekhov is necessary, the work necessitates a willingness to work authentically and sensitively with our physical beings.

Please wear clothing you are comfortable moving and it’s best to work with bare feet.

Vince trained in Ballet and Contemporary Dance at Rambert Dance School after which time he became a company member of Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures performing in Swan Lake.

A few years later he returned to training, this time on the BA in Acting at LAMDA.

Since graduating, he has worked internationally as an actor, dancer, movement director, choreographer and teacher. Alongside his performance work in theatre, screen and the corporate sector, Vince has spent 15 years at LAMDA teaching movement for actors and devising movement theatre works across the courses.

He has also taught at Guildhall, I.C.T, ArtsEd, A.L.R.A, Rose Bruford, Mountview, R.A.M, The Theatre Workshop, The Bridge, The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Company in Hong Kong, and the International Theatre of the Adriatic in Italy.

Vince is delighted to have been invited to work at Fourth Monkey and can’t wait to flex some creative muscle!

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