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Michael Chekhov's 'Theater of the Future' -- what does it have to do with you?

Charting Chekhov's International influence and connections around the World.

Phelim McDermott - 15 July 2012

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So I'm sitting here in the UK feeling excited that the MICHA open space is this year connecting up with the Devoted and Disgruntled community. Hi there everyone I'm sad not to be at your event but as you can see from the website we have our own journey here! I also feel touched that MiCHA are using open space to support and devleop community and artistic development in the States after We first did D&D New York a couple of years ago and Jessica and I talked about how useful it is in creating a sustainable artistic landscape where all the voices can be included if the choose to take responsibilty for that. I'm sure CHekhove would have loved Open Space as it is ensemble personified.

Thinking about all of this I'm remebering my own journey with Michael Chekhov and how he first inspired me to teach a course at the London Actor's Centre called “The Future Actor”. 25 years ago! That courrse was a big step in the clarifying of my own practice as an actor who also directed. I am also thinking aboiut how working with singer's this year at the Metropolitan opera on The Enchanted Island using Chekhov technique was such a joy and how great it has been as a way to work with the chorus there.Opera singer's get Chekhov technique!

Of course all of this just came from charting my own journey through his writings and teaching. But his vision and high dreams still inspire me today.

Which brings me to the thought in my session title. Many years ago I rember wandering into a bookshop in Amsterdam and seeing a translation of to the actor in Dutch. How many more people around the WORLD have been touched by Chekhov'e vision and writing and where have his influences spread that we do not yet even know about. I hope this event being on our website can help support that network of creativity and inspiratyion can become a little bit more connected through this website. Love to you all oiut there dreaming and envisioning a better kibnd of theatre based on love and beauty.

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Jessica Cerullo

18 July 2012

Lovely to have you with us from afar, Phelim! Some interesting evidence of “Charting” of the Chekhov work appeared at our event. For one, Maxim Krivosheyev translated Chekhov's ‘Lessons for the Professional Actor’ into Russian. The edition was published by GITIS and sold out. Max wrote me during our event that the second edition was just released and a line at the GITIS bookshop in Moscow formed with people eager to purchase it…

Also, our open space in Southampton was surrounded by a writing conference. Many artists not in residence to attend the Theater of the Future but in residence for other events were easily able to stumble into sessions. You can see in the reports that playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, for example, attended sessions. This was the case with others, too, who connected from various disciplines as they made their way to and from their own events.

Ever expansive and inclusive - the D&D site is an enormous assistance in this endeavor!

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