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Acting & Actor Training

Movement & Body Work

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Movement training or the aestheticised enactment of movements in performance requires discipline and rehearsal practice, and more heightened attention than we give our body in everyday life.


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These sessions were initially organised by Laboratory Theatre members for fellow actors who were interested in the practice of overcoming difficulties with breathing, the voice, and lethargy.
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This workshop was an early attempt to develop a form of movement training work for performers that has its underpinning in the principles of the Alexander Technique and the work of Monika Pagneux.
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Andrei Droznin Physical Actor Training
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This film covers basic acrobatics.
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Andrei Droznin Physical Actor Training
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This film covers basic acrobatics using furniture and objects.
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Andrei Droznin Physical Actor Training
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This film covers an interview with Andrei Droznin.
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Andrei Droznin Physical Actor Training
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This film covers locomotion techniques.
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Andrei Droznin Physical Actor Training
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This film covers partner work.
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Andrei Droznin Physical Actor Training
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This film covers preparation and stretches for physical activity.
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Part 1 of the 80th Year Retrospective. Includes the ‘Undressing and Dressing’ and ‘Paper Dance’ from the ground-breaking interdisciplinary performance Parades and Changes.
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Documentary of the 2009 Bagamoyo Festival.
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Bird is an etude from Alexander Iliev’s one man show Alter Ego.
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Filmed in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), Body Without a Brain is a high-risk, physically demanding dance for camera. Rianto seems to be in a trance as he creates an unpremeditated encounter with the elements. He describes the work as like a tree without roots. The piece embodies anxiety as the natural world becomes ever more threatened.
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Chair Trap is based on several gags from Mack Sennet’s slapstick comedies, and on Adam Darius’s pantomime The Chair.
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Concertissimo is based on a sketch by the clown Oleg Popov, and on Miklosh Kölö’s pantomime Concertissimo.
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Contact Improvisation for Actor Training
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This video is documentation taken from a weekly contact jam session with the actors in the MFA Actor-Training program at UC Irvine. Contact Improvisation is a large part of the movement arc in the first year of actor training, and jam sessions are held weekly, integrating all three years of MFA actors.  Someone happened to video this session, and I give a brief description of our use of contact as a tool for actor training in the voice-over. 
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Contact Improvisation for Actor Training - Movement with Text
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This video is documentation of an exercise with 3rd year graduate actors at the UC Irvine Actor-Training program, speaking a monologue while contacting with a silent partner. At a moment of heightened activity, the silent partner is removed, and the resulting delivery of the monologue is focused and intensely communicated. The athleticism and sensitivity of the contact created a culture of expressivity. Tenderness as well as rage and challenge emerged in the contact session and remained present in the solo monologue. So, the complexities of emotion that were embodied metaphorically and rhythmically in the extreme lifts and rolls and balances of the partnering could be seen as an emotional “rehearsal” for the solo performance. But once the partner was removed, the speaker had to reach out to us, and address each deeply felt idea to the audience in the room. No longer in a contact with the literal “other,” we, the audience, now become the necessary focus.
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This piece is an excerpt from a half-hour documentary shot in Grahamstown, South Africa, during the annual National Arts Festival (https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/2016-festival/). Interviews were conducted with a wide range of choreographers.   This selection focuses on up-and-coming artists Julia Wilson, Lorin Sookool,  Athena Mazarakis, and Kamogelo Molobye.  The works are inspired by challenges facing women, gays, and lesbians in contemporary South Africa. 
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Dyrygent
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A documentation of a five-day workshop, with Zygmunt Molik leading a group of participants at the historical site of the Brzezinka farm, where most of Grotowski’s paratheatrical work took place.
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Fish is an etude from Alexander Iliev’s one man show Alter Ego.
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Fishing is based on Jean-Louis Barrault’s style exercise Fishing, and Evgeniy Lebedev’s sketch Fishing.
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Horse is inspired by the novels of William Faulkner, and by Jean-Louis Barrault’s interpretation of a horse.
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Shot at a workshop held at La Bartra, a retreat centre in the Prades mountains. Most of those present had worked with Suryodarmo for many years, and they came from across Europe to share his practice.
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In the Park is based on Leonid Engibarov’s interpretation of a classical sketch by the clown Bambino.
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Videotaped in Kerala, India in 1993 and 1995, this film explains Kathakali's basic make-up types, the context of performance, the process and techniques of training, and performance preliminaries.
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Kaash (Hindi word for ‘if’) was created in 2002 by Akram Khan when he was choreographer in residence of the Royal Festival Hall. He teamed up with celebrated talents Anish Kapoor and Nitin Sawhney.
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Zarrilli’s Psychophysical Acting methodology focuses on the relationship between the actor-as-doer and what the actor does. It (re)examines in practice and theory a psychophysical approach to acting.
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In this demonstration-performance, Odin Teatret’s Iben Nagel Rasmussen shows and explains her working practice, from her training methods through to performance.
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Prapto 1
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This workshop has a strong focus on voice work. It takes place on Dartmoor, in an ancient stone circle, a village hall and a garden, and illustrates Suryodarmo’s individual movement practice.
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With its underpinning in the principles of the Alexander Technique, this workshop introduces a somatic framework for movement training for performance which develops Alexander’s directions.
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Nimilitha: The Story of a Siddi Girl Who Closed Her Eyes
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Siddi theatre performers and sisters, Geeta and Girija Siddi, performing in a two-week festival, Telling Our Stories of Home: Exploring and Celebrating Changing African & African Diaspora Communities.
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A film made by Rekha Tandon’s company, Dance Routes, that begins with a description of Odissi’s background as a temple dance tradition, and an account of its basic form and ornamentation.
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Pantalone Tells is an etude in the Italian style of Commedia dell’Arte style in Italian, but understandable by every human being.
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Pantalone Tells (for TV) is an etude in the Italian style of Commedia dell’Arte style in Italian, but understandable by every human being.
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Sunflower is based on Milan Sladek’s pantomime The Sunflower, and Velyo Goranov’s interpretation of it.
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Surgeon is based on a 15th-century sketch by Andrew Borde, and Jean-Louis Barrault’s interpretation of it in his one man show, Body Language.
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The Bridge of Winds. International Group of Theatrical Research Led by Iben Nagel Rasmussen
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This film documents the work of Iben Nagel Rasmussen (Odin Teatret) with her international group The Bridge of Winds during a two-week closed work session held in December 2011.
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Kirmira
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This video is a complete performance document of the approximately three and a half hour performance of a Kathakali play, The Killing of Kirmira.
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Torture of a Shirt is an etude that demonstrates how an object can be imbued with a human soul.
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Touchdown Dance, which includes commentary and analysis by Paxton, observes the experience of a visually impaired woman, Kirin Saeed, as she moves through a five-day workshop with Paxton’s company.
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Weight Lifter is based on several classical clown sketches and a part of Marcel Marceau’s pantomime Bip – King of Sports.
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Documenting a three-day work session introducing participants to key aspects of the training Rasmussen developed with her group, The Bridge of Winds, culminating in a Montage of Actions and Songs.
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by Annie Loui
Contact improvisation is a form of dance improvisation based on energy and weight exchange, incorporating elements of aikido, jitterbugging, child’s play, and tumbling
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by McPherson, Katrina
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Niamh Dowling is Head of Performance at Rose Bruford. She has trained with Monika Pagneux and Anne Bogart, collaborated with Teatr Piesn Kozla, and worked internationally as a Movement Director.
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Goat Island was a Chicago-based collaborative performance group that made nine intimate, low-tech and intensely physical performance works that toured internationally, between 1987 and 2009.
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An expert in dance disciplines from around the world, Dr. Alexander Lubenov Iliev is one of the most celebrated mime artists on the planet, and Associate Professor at the National Academy in Sofia.
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Inventor of an influential somatic and performance practice known as ‘Joged Amerta’, Suprapto Suryodarmo has taught and performed in Indonesia, Europe, Australia, the USA and India for over 25 years.


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