Week-end workshops

Michael Chekhov with Sarah Kane

and Anastase PhilippRouillé

Studio AZOT is honored to welcome world-renowned Michael Chekhov Instructor Sarah Kane.

She will give 9 courses, covering the whole of Michael Chekhov's method.

 

As well as a Michael Chekhov Workshop

September 28-October 2: Monday to Friday 6 hours / day = 30 hours

​Sarah Kane

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

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

 

 

 

Undergraduate Program

Over the nine weekends, participants will have the opportunity to get to know, explore and deepen
their understanding of many inspiring and creative facets of Michael Chekhov's playing technique.

The introduction to the technique will also include the application of these foundations to monologues and scenes,
so that participants acquire the same creative and inspiring qualities in performance.

First weekend : October 2020

The essentials I: The psycho-physical principle I

 

Second weekend : November 2020

The Essentials II: Imagination I

The development of the imagination was of great importance to Michael Chekhov. It is, besides the psychophysical work,
at the heart of its approach. Participants will explore atmospheres, qualities and work with Chekhov's imaginative exercises

 

Third weekend : December 2020

The psycho-physical principle II

The work with the psycho-physical principle will be continued, it will be broadened and deepened by simultaneously exploring a wide variety of movements and qualities of movement. We will also build a bridge between movement and speech.

 

Fourth weekend : January 2021

Imagination II

Work with the imagination will be continued. We will broaden and deepen our understanding of it by applying this work: How does the imagination allow the actor to transform into another character?

We will also build a bridge between imagining and speaking.

 

Fifth weekend : February 2021

Improvisation and sense of everything

For Chekhov, improvisation was the actor's highest finality: the weekend will be devoted to the particular approach

of Chekhov when it comes to improvisation and we will find out why improvisation and the meaning of the whole was so important to him.

 

Sixth weekend : March 2021

Gesture, gesture, gesture

The theme of the weekend will be the psychological gesture, considered by many to be the essence of the Chekhov technique. What is it about ? How it works ? What makes it effective in character creation and in transforming actor into character?

 

Seventh weekend : April 2021

Character and characterization

Beyond the psychological gesture, Chekhov developed two other tools to create a character: the imaginary body and the imaginary center. This weekend will be devoted to experimenting with these two tools and then applying them to speech and text.

 

Eighth weekend : May 2021

From script to rehearsal

This weekend will introduce participants to the process of creation, from the first reading of a scene to the first explorations of the rehearsal process: how to involve the imagination in this process? How can gesture and movement make the interaction with my stage partner alive?

 

Ninth weekend : June 2021

From rehearsal to performance

This weekend will explore the other elements of the Chekhov approach that help actors create a living character and a lively performance, interacting with their partners. Participants will have the opportunity to work on a text of their own.

Location

The internships will take place in Paris or Montreuil.

Dates


October 10-11 : Free class for a 1st workshop Meisner and a 1st workshop Chekhov

November 14-15

12-13 December

January 30-31

February 13-14

March 13-14

April 10-11

May 15-16

June 19-20

Hours
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Total duration of each course: 13 hours

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.


Registration
9 weekend courses from October 2020 to June 2021 (i.e. one course per month).
250 euros per course.

A 10% discount will be applied for registration to the 9 courses.

For those who want to do in-depth work, these courses can be combined with a weekly training ,
on the theme of internships and which takes place once a week in the evening.

The training day will be announced later.

Advanced Cycle

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Admission by audition or invitation

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Over the 12 weekends, participants will have the opportunity to pursue, explore and deepen their understanding of the many inspiring and creative facets of Michael Chekhov's playing technique. The aim of the exploration is to continue to unveil new perspectives of acting according to Michael Chekhov and then apply them to the text.
and the work of scenes.

 

The supporting text for the explorations of the Michael Chekhov method is yet to be determined.
The cycle of 12 weekends will culminate in a performance of scenes from the play.

 

Weekends will explore the fundamentals of the technique and apply them to the character and text.
Participants will also study how, from the first encounter with this approach, the Michael Chekhov method
focuses on the creative process.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

 

Approach a room,
Imagination and psychophysics in connection with the text

"Imagination is more significant than knowledge, for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the Entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to Evolution."

Albert Einstein

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

The development of the imagination was of great importance to Michael Chekhov.
It is, alongside the psychophysical work, at the heart of its approach.

We will start by approaching a room with the "meaning of the whole" according to Mr. Chekhov.
The atmospheres and qualities of the whole room will be explored,
Chekhov's imaginative exercises will be worked on and applied to the entire piece.

The second weekend will deepen the understanding of the basic elements of the psycho-physical aspect of the Michael Chekhov technique. We will explore again basic movements such as "expansion / contraction" and other archetypal gestures; the goal is the awakening of the inner life of the actor.
Finally, we will apply these basic psycho-physical elements to the text.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Tools discussed : "sense of the whole" according to Mr. Chekhov, atmospheres, qualities of movement, exercises of imagination,
psychophysical exercises, archetypal gestures.

 

 

Open up to the secrets of the text

The work with the psycho-physical principle will be continued by creating the link between speaking and listening, by exploring the text, through movement and gesture.

Work with imagination will be continued to allow participants to broaden and deepen their understanding of it. How to discover the flagship images of a character? How does this work allow the actor to transform into another character?

We will also create the bridge between imagine and listen, imagine and speak and explore the principles of composition in Chekhov.

 

Tools discussed : psycho-physical exercises, from the movement of the ball (giving / receiving / allowing to transform) to speech, speech gestures, questioning the character in imagination, from visualizing the character to his incarnation (the imaginary body of the character), the laws of composition in theater and cinema.

 

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

 

Character and characterization  

The theme of the fifth weekend will be the psychological gesture, considered by many to be the essence of the Chekhov technique: what preparation is necessary to arrive at the character's gesture?
What makes it effective in the character creation process and in transforming actor into character? What elements can be added to individualize the psychological gesture of the character?

 

The sixth weekend will be devoted to the study of two other tools developed by Mr. Chekhov to create a character, the imaginary body and the imaginary center, to then apply them to speech and to scenes in a play.

 

Tools discussed : the psychological gesture, the imaginary body, the imaginary center

 

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

 

From script to rehearsal, from rehearsal to performance

The two weekends will be used to put the discoveries made during the process of exploring the play and the text in motion and with the help of the imagination in the concrete circumstances of the scene.

 

Participants will have developed their ability to embody a character and bring that character's words to life,
so that they will be able to concentrate their work on developing the feeling of ease, form and beauty
in their performance, then to shine to the public the discoveries they have made throughout the year.

 

Tools discussed : improvisation, the sense of ease, the sense of form, the sense of beauty, the sense of everything, radiance.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Location

The internships will take place in Paris or Montreuil.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Dates

Additional dates to come

23-24 January
February 20-21
March 20-21

22-23 May
June 26-27

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Hours
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Total duration of each course: 13 hours


Registration
8 weekend workshops from October 2020 to June 2021 (i.e. one internship per month).
250 euros per course.

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

For those who want to do in-depth work, these courses can be combined with a weekly training ,
on the theme of internships and which takes place once a week in the evening.

The training day will be announced later.

Work around Woyzeck, for former participants

October 16-18

November 6-8

December 18-20

Location :

Weekly workshops : 35 rue Saint Roch, 75001 PARIS

Professional workshops : in different places at Paris or Montreuil

Email : cie.azot@live.fr

Tel: (+33) 6 23 08 29 22

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