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

Playing together as an ensemble and see what comes out of it

Hugo Moss - 14 July 2012

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Convener: Karine Scialom

Participant at start of session: Hugo Moss

We talk about what an ensemble is, either in the form of a theatre group or as a way of working and creating, different roles within an ensemble, director, actors, shifting roles.

New participant: Wendy Thompson

We read M.Chekhov's “declaration” of the ensemble (exercise 13 of TO THE ACTOR, second paragraph), and then we moved into the space to work or play, or something.

“What if two of the walls were mirrors, and we could see each other and ourselves in various ways/moments.”

We played with the atmosphere and relationships which ensued, some words, short exchanges.

Turning point: we realized that “ensemble is the willingness to ‘what if?’” This informed the rest of the session.

New participant: Thaís Loureiro

The arrival of a new person was an important moment, giving voice to her, including, keep the listening going.

Thaís suggested new game: Two and Only Two

Defined the space and played game where two people are always in movement, and only two people.

Pause for talk, and after being aware of our breathing, we decided we needed to bring in the work/ exercise more Ease. Crossed threshold back into the space, and used M.Chekhov's “meditation” for finding Ease (gravity versus inclination upwards) and Whole - and we worked more and found some beautiful moments, very connected.

Then it was time to go.
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