Movement | Stillness | Expression
Physical Theatre classes and workshops designed to complement singers' and actors' vocal artistry.
Classes and workshops work in a group setting and focus on non-verbal communication and expression.
Coaching sessions are available for audition preparation and character exploration
INTRODUCTION TO VIEWPOINTS
Using group exercises and guided movement improvisation, performers are introduced to Anne Bogarts 9 viewpoints:
Gesture - expressive/behavioral
BODY ISOLATIONS AND PHYSICAL TIMING
Starting with exercises in isolating the parts of the body and moving to dramatic and comedic beats, this workshop stresses the importance of physical timing in order to create clear expressive communication.
The workshop includes exercises in
Body Isolations based on Corporeal Mime
Physical time based on Classical Mime training
Suzuki basic, slow ten, and statue exercises
Gestural Mechanics is a longer in-depth study of non-verbal physical theatre (see explanation at the bottom of the page). The mission of this class is to teach performers to be comfortable in their bodies as they stretch their physical expressivity.
Exploration of shape and gesture
Music and Movement
ARIA AND AUDITION COACHING
The singer and I analyze the dramatic trajectory of an aria in order to present an honest and expressive performance.
My coaching style addresses both text and musical setting as we decode the drama and meanings of the aria.
WHAT IS GESTURAL MECHANICS ?
Gestural Mechanics is a physical theatre pedagogy inspired by Vsevolod Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and rooted in the techniques of Etienne Decroux’s Corporial Mime, Marcel Marceau style mime, Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints and Tadashi Suzuki’s actor training. This physical theatre technique covers body isolations, the 3 and 5 elements of gesture, shape, stillness, movement, ensemble building, and movement as set to music. This is not a dance technique, though it may share qualities with dance training. Gestural Mechanics is a method that teaches singers and actors to use their unique bodies to complement their vocal artistry.