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.

 BEGINNING TRANSFORMATION .

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.

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WHAT CLASSES DO YOU OFFER?

Vernal & Sere Theatre offers movement classes focused in the techniques of Laban, Suzuki, and Viewpoints.  The methods work to further develop presence, openness, specificity, and body awareness, as well as equip the actor with tools for transformation and access to imaginative play.

UPCOMING MOVEMENT COURSES

MOVEMENT LEVEL I: 

Level I is an introduction to the general concepts of movement and how physicality can deepen the study of acting.  Students will begin their training by exploring the pathways of the body, and discovering the manner in which the body can experience motion.  Students will further analyze movement through qualities and buildable actions. Level I is primarily focused in the study of Laban's Motion Factors and Efforts, with Suzuki and Viewpoint methods introduced for more expansive, multi-approached learning.

 
Students will begin to identify their personal physical habits, and use movement vocabulary to move away from their natural state into transformation.  There is an acting application component at the end of the course.

Upcoming Level I Session:

6-Week Course starting 7/21

Thursday 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 option to register.

$180, $210, $240

**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.

MOVEMENT LEVEL II:

Level II builds on the concepts learned in Level I.  Students will begin to apply Laban's Efforts to the internal experience, using control of interior movement to guide their emotional life. Students will begin to apply the concept of Effort-Duo's and the Viewpoints to acting exercises, beginning with a practice of character behavior in space.  They will use this exploration to inform their character study in a scene with a partner. 

There will be additional training in Suzuki and Viewpoints, both of which will further inform their study and practice.

 

Upcoming Level II Session:

6-Week Course starting 7/20

Wednesday Evenings | 7:00-10:00PM

Location | The Windmill Arts Center, East Point, GA

Course Instructors: Erin Boswell & Erin O'Connor

Sliding Scale Pricing Options

Please select pricing option to register.

$180, $210, $240

**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.

 

SUZUKI

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 and power in stillness.  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 drop-in series moves at a quick pace and is physically demanding.  Previous training or instructor approval is required for registration.

 

Upcoming Suzuki Session:

Ongoing Drop-In Classes: $20 per class.

Sunday 4-6PM

Location | The Windmill Arts Center, East Point, GA

Course Instructor: Erin Boswell

**Please register for weekly classes here.

 

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:

6-Week Course starting 7/19

Tuesday Evenings | 7:00-10:00PM

Location | The Windmill Arts Center, East Point, GA

Course Instructors: Erin Boswell & Erin O'Connor

Sliding Scale Pricing Options

Please select pricing option to register.

$180, $210, $240

**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.