WHAT IS MOVEMENT FOR ACTORS?
Training in movement is a vital component of the actor’s craft. The body is the vessel through which behavior is displayed, which is why developing the body as a tool for expression is an important part of an actor’s practice. An established practice in movement can allow for freedom in acting and endurance to sustain the demands of various roles and performances. It teaches specificity by offering tools for transformation and can open access to imagination and emotional life.
WHY IS MOVEMENT TRAINING IMPORTANT?
As actors, it is imperative that we seek specificity and truthfulness in the story that we’re telling. The expression of the body can support this truth or betray it.
When starting movement training, there may often be restriction, immobility, discomfort, and heightened self-awareness, which works in opposition to being present in the moment in performance. With dedicated time and practice, the work begins to release uncontrolled physical tension and open up the power, stamina, and presence of the body. It allows for the artist to work under the gaze of an audience, while staying fully in the moment of their own experience and in collaboration with other actors.
When the actor becomes aware of their habits and is supported with the necessary tools to move away from them, they are given the potential to transform. By making physical choices rooted in the imaginary circumstances or character, the actor can fully embody different modes of being.
WHAT CLASSES DO YOU OFFER?
UPCOMING MOVEMENT COURSES
Four-Week Movement Intensive:
This intensive is a fast paced, comprehensive course that explores Laban, Viewpoints, and Suzuki Methods. Students will explore the pathways of the body, discovering the manner in which the body can experience motion, as well as build on curriculum previously explored.
This intensive is appropriate for returning students as well as beginners. Please note that while this is an open level course, we will move at a fast pace and offer training that is modified to fit the level of the group.
Upcoming Intensive Session:
4-Week Course starting 11/27
Sunday Evenings | 7-10PM
Location | The Windmill Arts Center, East Point, GA
Course Instructors: Erin Boswell & Erin O'Connor
Sliding Scale Pricing Options:
Please select pricing amount to register.
**Please choose the option that best reflects your need. Part of VST's mission is to offer accessible classes while compensating our teaching artists for their time and training. Limited quantities for each option are available.
The Suzuki Method of Acting, developed by Tadashi Suzuki, is a physically demanding, rigorous movement technique with roots based in the traditions of Greek Theatre, Japanese Noh, and Kabuki. The method demands total body awareness, precision, and control, instilling in the actor the ability to find presence in stillness and a deeply vivid imagination required to deepen the practice of acting. It requires a great deal of commitment in pursuit of its form, ultimately giving way to the expansive and precise use of imagination, physicality, and emotion. The technique develops these through the actor's exploration of breath, energy, and center of gravity.
Please note that this series moves at a quick pace and is physically demanding. Come prepared with a short-length classical monologue for use in class, as well as the following memorized text:
O splendour of sunburst breaking forth this day
Whereon I lay my hands once more on Helen my wife. **
And yet it is not so much as men think
For the woman's sake I came to Troy, **
But against that guest, proved treacherous,
Who, like a robber, carried the woman from my House.
(The ** indicates a breath)
Upcoming Suzuki Sessions:
Ongoing Drop-In Classes: $20 per class.
Sundays 4-6PM | Classes resume 11/6
The Windmill Arts Center, East Point, GA
**Please register for weekly classes here.
Socks or Tabi are required for training.
VIEWPOINTS / INTRO TO DEVISING
First originated by Mary Overlie and later expanded by Anne Bogart, the Viewpoints work releases actors from the rigidity of singularity in process. This course will continue to explore the Viewpoints in a deeper, more dynamic exploration of time and space. Students will further develop their embodied understanding of ensemble, instinct, and risk-taking in choices and creation. Previous experience in Viewpoints strongly recommended.
Upcoming Viewpoints / Intro to Devising Session:
Check back for future classes beginning in January 2023.