Embodying a Character
In this workshop you will experience a total immersion into the creation of two dissimilar characters based on people in your life. You will be guided through a series of ‘outside in’ character development exercises to discover how the characters inner world is revealed through their alignment, rhythm & use of space. Through the integration of movement training and structured improvised play, you will learn to authentically embody and connect to the character’s circumstances, way of thinking, beliefs, emotional makeup, and how they relate to others in social situations.
This work identifies the uniqueness in a person’s alignment and what ‘story’, or impressions their moving body reveals to us about the sort of person they might be, or what they may be wanting in a particular moment. You will experience that by placing a specific weight, a particular alignment, a tempo, a direction in space, by finding where the breath is centered, and exploring the characters physical tensions, you will organically discover through your own body the physical experiences of the character. You will also be guided in creating short etudes with these characters and these will be performed to the group.
The processes in this workshop are based on the teachings of Ariane Mnouchkine, Rudolf Laban, Etienne Decroux and my own research in character development.
- Exploring what happens to a body under specific conditions
- Experiencing ‘outside – in’ practices and how they affect the performer internally
- Total immersion into characters
- Structured play – deepening emotional connection and physical embodiment
- Creating dramatic situations—building on the work explored.
Expressive movement training; the role of the breath and the spine; refining sensitivity to qualities (essence) of movement; incorporating laban efforts into the characters physicality; responding on impulse; heightening physical awareness of the characters alignment and isolated parts.
Improvised and structured play – solo and group work
Examining and retrieving physical explorations
Devised dramatic situations
There are no masks used in this workshop.