Week-end workshops

Michael Chekhov with Sarah Kane

and Anastase Philippe Rouillé

Azot Studio is honored to welcome Sarah Kane, a world-renowned Michael Chekhov trainer for 9 week-ends workshops from October 2018 to March 2019 !

Sarah Kane

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Born in London, Sarah Kane practices and teaches both Michael Chekhov's approach to acting and the vocal techniques developed by Rudolf Steiner and taught in the training of Michael Chekhov's actors at Dartington Hall, UK -United.

 

She has worked as a teacher of professional actors, director and performer both abroad and in her homeland UK for 30 years.

Note from Sarah Kane

Michael Chekhov 's approach to acting is focused on transformation, which all real actors dream, in the depths of their being, to do truthfully and authentically.

Only ... can transformation and authenticity be achieved at the same time ?

Anastase Philippe Rouillé

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After studying Drama at the Conservatory of St Barbara in Greece, Anastase-Philippe Rouillé lives in France where he works as an actor, trainer and director since 2007.

 

After his training, he followed many workshops in France and in Europe. After a workshop at the Cartoucherie, he founded a training and research group on Michael Chekhov's Method, made up of professional actors and directors, whom he directed for 4 years. He also discovered Sanford Meisner's method, training with many teachers including Jack Waltzer with whom it is formed for 5 years and the Temple Actors.

 

He is very interested in Peter Brook's work, which he considers to be very close to Michael Chekhov’s work. He meets those comedians : Yoshi Oida, Jean Paul Denizon, Sudana Tapa and formed with them. He also works as a comedian on an adaptation of Hermann Hesse's novel "Sidharta" directed by Jean Paul Denizon and Tapa Sudana. He plays in short and feature films, several plays, through Tragedy, traditional Greek Tales, but also more contemporary forms. He is a frequent contributor to director-led projects working with Grotowski and Thomas Richard-inspired approaches, including Gunther Leshnik, Anastassia Politi and Patrck Thoraval. It sets up the AZOT Actors Studio, a place of research and development for actors and directors.

 

He staged : 

Elements Bacchantes  (a creation from Euripides Bacchantes)

Pauvres comores by Ibrahim Barwane

Sauvez le Clown Zigzag 

Les comptes de Nasredin Hodja.

He is currently working on a creation inspired by Shakespeare

As well as a creation inspired by a Charles Dickens tale

Program

 

The 9 weekends explore the basic elements of the technique and do apply to the work of the character and the text.

These 9 weekends will also explore how, from the first encounter with the approach, Chekhov's techniques focus on the creative process, helping to restore and renew the sense of inner freedom and authenticity of the actor .

This can both simplify and give some depth to the creation of a role, and make the creative explorations a joyful experience.

First week-end : October 2019 

The essentials I : The psycho-physical I 

 

The first weekend will explore the basic elements of the psycho-physical aspect of Michael Chekhov’s technique, such as expansion-contraction and the archetypal gestures.     

Second week-end : November 2019

The essentials II : The imagination I 

The development of the imagination was of great significance to Michael Chekhov and is alongside the psycho-physical work at the core of his approach. Participants will be exploring atmospheres, qualities and working with Chekhov’s imagination exercises. 

Third week-end : December 2020 

The psycho-physical II

The work with the psycho-physical principle will be continued, both expanding and deepening the work with it at the same time by exploring a broad variety of movements and qualities of movement.  We will also build the bridge from movement into speaking. 

Fourth week-end : January 2020

The imagination II

The work with the imagination will be continued, both broadening and deepening our understanding of it in the exploration of its use in enabling the actor to transform into another character. We will also build the bridge from imagining to speaking.

Fifth week-end : February 2020

Improvisation and ensemble

For Chekhov, improvisation was the actor’s highest goal : the weekend will be investigating Chekhov’s particular approach to improvisation, and discovering why both this and the actor’s sense of ensemble were so important to him. 

Sixth week-end : March 2020

Gesture, Gesture, Gesture 

The theme of the weekend will be the psychological gesture, considered by many to be the essence of Chekhov’s technique : what is it ? How does it work ? What makes it effective in creating character and in the transformation of the actor into character ? 

Seventh week-end : April 2020 

Character and characterisation

Beyond the psychological gesture, Chekhov developed two other tools for creating character, the imaginary body and the imaginary centre : this weekend will be devoted to investigating these and then applying them to speaking and to text. 

Eighth week-end : May 2020

From script to rehearsal

This weekend will take participants through the creative process from the first reading of a scene to the early explorations of the rehearsal process : how do we engage the imagination in this process ? How can gesture and movement enliven the interaction with my scene partner ?

Ninth week-end : June 2020

Form rehearsal to performance

This weekend will explore the further elements in Chekhov’s approach that help actors to create a living character and a living performance, interacting with their partners. Participants will have the opportunity to work on a text specific to them individually.  

Location

The workshops will take place at Paris or Montreuil.

Dates

01 - 03 November

November 29 - December 01

January 24 - 26

February 14 - 16

March 13 - 15

April 17 - 19

May 15 - 17

June 26 - 28


 

Schedule

Friday from 18:00 to 21:00

Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00

Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00

Total duration of each workshop : 15 hours

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Admission

This group is already advanced and we are concerned about the good integration of new people. For this, we will only take actors who have already practiced this technique or a similar technique. Please contact us before registering, to ensure that you can take full advantage of this internship. It is therefore possible to integrate at any time because even if the rest of the group is already advanced, you can practice exercises corresponding to your level. However, there are very few places left. Please contact us before registering to make sure there is space



Registration

9 workshops week-end from October 2019 to June 2020 (one workshop per month).

250 euros per workshop.

A discount of 10% will be applied for registration to 9 workshops.

 

For those who want to do a thorough job, these workshops can be coupled with a weekly training on the theme of the workshops and takes place once a week in the evening.

The training day will be announced later.

2nd year Program

 

Over eight weekends participants will have the opportunity to further explore and deepen their understanding of the many inspiring and creative facets of Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting: the aim of the exploration is to continue to uncover new perspectives on what acting is and then apply them to text and scene work.

The essential text for the weekend explorations is German playwright Georg Buechner’s Woyzeck; the goal for the year is to arrive at a presentation of scenes from the play.   

First and Second week-end : December and January 2019 / 2020

The interplay of imagination & the psycho-physical in text work

The development of the imagination was of great significance to Michael Chekhov and is alongside the psycho-physical work at the core of his approach. Starting with the feeling of the whole, participants will be entering the world of the play, exploring atmospheres, qualities and working with Chekhov’s imagination exercises applied to Woyzeck.

The second weekend will deepen the participants’ understanding of the basic elements of the psycho-physical aspect of Michael Chekhov’s technique, such as expansion-contraction and other archetypal gestures and practise their application to text.     

Third and Fourth week-end : February and March 2020 

Unlocking the secrets of the text

The work with the psycho-physical principle will be continued, building the bridge into speaking and listening by exploring the text through movement and gesture. The work with the imagination will be also continued, both broadening and deepening the participants’ understanding of it by exploring how participants can discover the leading images for the character; this can be used to transform into another character.

We will also build the bridge from imagining to listening and speaking and explore Chekhov’s principles of composition.

Fifth and Sixth week-end : March and April 2020 

Character and characterisation

The theme of the one weekend will be the psychological gesture, considered by many to be the essence of Chekhov’s technique: What preparation is needed to arrive at the gesture for the character ? What makes it effective in creating character and in the transformation of the actor into character ? What elements can be added to individualise the character’s psychological gesture ?

The second weekend will be devoted to investigating the two other tools for creating character, the imaginary body and the imaginary centre, and then applying them to speaking and to the scenes from Woyzeck.

Seventh and Eighth week-end : May and June 2020

From script to rehearsal, from rehearsal to performance

The two weekends will be used to put the discoveries made in the process of exploring the text in movement and with the help of the imagination to the concrete circumstances of the stage.

Participants will have developed the capacity to embody the character and give life to the character’s words, so that they will be able to focus their work on developing a feeling of ease and of form and of beauty in their performance and then radiate the discoveries they have made in the course of the year to the audience.

Location

The workshops will take place at Paris or Montreuil.

Dates

08 - 10 November
06 - 08 December
31 January - 02 February
21 - 23 February
20 - 22 March
24 - 26 April
22 - 24 May
19 - 21 June


 

Schedule

Friday from 18:00 to 21:00

Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00

Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00

Total duration of each workshop : 16 hours



Registration

8 workshops week-end from October 2019 to June 2020 (one workshop per month).

250 euros per workshop.

 

For those who want to do a thorough job, these workshops can be coupled with a weekly training on the theme of the workshops and takes place once a week in the evening.

The training day will be announced later.

Week-end workshops Michael Chekhov with Sarah Kane -

16 hours of training : 250€ for one workshop

Location :

Weekly workshops : 35 rue Saint Roch, 75001 PARIS

Professional workshops : in different places at Paris

Email : cie.azot@live.fr

Tel: (+33) 6 23 08 29 22

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