M. Chekhov's Method
The AZOT studio is the only one in France to approach the whole of the Michael Chekhov Method.
We are going to work on various tools of the M. Chekhov method in order to make our sounding board more sensitive, to make us present to our body and its different tempo-rhythms and to reach a deeply physical imagination.
Among the different tools of the training Mr. Chekhov we will work among others:
The Psychological Gesture
Emotion through sensation (qualities and intentions)
The imaginary center
The Imaginary Body
Improvisation and letting go
The psychophysical relation to the public
These tools will allow us to increase our presence on stage and on screen, to become aware of the space around us and its atmospheres. We are going to work on a letting go which will favor a passage of orders to an inspiration drawing its sources in what M. Chekhov called, "the creative unconscious of the actor". This will allow improvisation and play to be approached in a more organic and creative way.
These and other tools will be directly applied to texts.
Michael Chekhov was considered by Stanislavski as one of his most brilliant students.
In addition to having contributed to the expansion of Stanislavski's method throughout the world, Michael Chekhov has also transformed it thanks to his deep knowledge of Anglo-Saxon theatrical forms and the psychophysical functioning of the human being, bringing it further and bringing out the quintessence. It offers a mix of bodily techniques and non-intellectual imagination, but deeply organic.
Stanislavski was inspired to develop his approach to physical actions.
Many great American actors have been trained or inspired by him. Among them: Anthony Quinn, Jack Nicholson, Yul Brynner, Joanna Merlin, Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Hopkins, Clint Eastwood, Mala Powers Jack Palance, Beatrice Straight, Deirdre Hurst of Prey, Gregory Peck and many others.
“Deep within ourselves are buried tremendous creative powers and abilities. But they remain unused so long as we do not know about them, so long as we deny them.”