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

Question: Archetypes - Story - Gesture

Jane Knox - 15 July 2012

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Theater of the Future
Sunday July 15, 2012
11:30-1:00
Convener: Jane
Area: Kansas



Participants:
1.Rena
2.Karine
3. Wendy

Notes:
Jane thought that “story” itself is an archetype and story has a beginning middle and an end. Rena said that some stories did not have a beginning, middle and end. For instance, stories can be imagistic, flow of consciousness and random thoughts.

Rena said that to understand an archetype you need to ask what the character does.

What does a warrior do? A warrior fights and protects.
What does a seeker do?
What does a prisoner do?

Rena talked about the three different centers:
thinking
feeling.
willing

They have different energies, different qualities.

Does the character go in a straight line or do they curve?

What do they want?

Rising
Falling
Balancing

Rena suggested looking at the archetypal cards of Carolyn Myss.


Ask –
1. Where is the character’s center?
2. What is the dominant quality of the character’s movement?
Molding
Floating
Flying
Radiating

Karine reads stories to children and she particularly likes fairytales.

After she tells a story, she often asks the children such things as:

How would one of the characters do some specific actions or say specific things like “hello”?

Rena said something about form and images.

She talked about atmosphere. There would be an atmosphere for coming together and another for departure.

Rena said the chapters of books have atmospheres.

Archetypes:

What does an archetype do?

Witch- What does a witch do?
Control?
Manipulate?
Transform?

Rena has asked actors to form a circle. She then has them turn around facing away from the center of the circle. She then calls out an archetype such as addict, gambler, seeker, robber, etc. Each participant is to find a gesture for that archetype. The actors will then face inward and share their gestures. They will observe differences and similarities in the gestures.

Karine said that when she works with children, she reads a story and then asks the children to move as a character from that story. They spontaneously move creating archetypes using staccato/legato and qualities of movement such as:

Floating
Flying
Molding
Radiating


It is interesting to approach characters also through

- Color. What would be the character colors.
- Elements.What would be the element of the character?
Earth/ Water/ Fire/ Air and what the nature of the element.
Exploration of the character's element and their different manifestation.
- Music/ sounds. In which soundscape the character live What kind of music?

Move in it or it is moving in you.






















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