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

Divided Consciousness - The Actor/Audience Relationship (new quality of perceiving).

Ragnar Freidank - 14 July 2012

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Note Taker: Wendy Thompson
Convenors: Jorg Andreas/Wendy Thompson
Attendees: Jessica Cerullo, Deborah Robertson, Janice Orlandi

This session began as an “open content” conversation between Jorg and Wendy.

Is theatre healthy or does it make you sick? And how is that related to Chekhov?

Michael Chekhov's acting is creating a different perception in the audience through the experience of “divided consciousness”.

Actors have usually experienced this awareness, however, may not have the words to describe it. Michael Chekhov defines it in The Path of the Actor where he talks about playing the role of Skid.

As a teacher too it's possible to experience the divided consciousness where the teacher and the students come together as one.

As students we look for a teacher who can open the door to enter that place. When you leave the studio or a great performance it is that experience that sustains or has a residue that lingers or lasts for many hours.

In inspired moments of teaching you are co-creating with students.

“As a teacher my learning from my students is the true beauty in my life”.

It's the same for the actor engaged through divided consciousness with the audience.

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