Workshop: Biomechanics of Meyerhold
directed by Philip Brehse
Saturday September 8, 10am - 5pm
September 9, 10am - 2pm
September 10, 7pm - 11pm
(Work/Study and scholarships available)
Biomechanics is an approach to actor training developed by Russian actor,
director and teacher, Vsevolod Meyerhold during the 1920 and 1930s.
His ideas were fundamental to modern theatre and have influenced major
directors such as Peter Brook, Grotowski and Brecht, and The Living Theatre.
Biomechanics proposes a choreographic approach to the creation of
character. It is sometimes called a physical Stanislavski. Meyerhold emphasized
emotional effect upon the audience over the personal emotional experience
of the actor. It is a rigorous training. It builds strength, suppleness,
precision, control and daring.
Biomechanics trains the body
in a codified way to work from the outside in, to tap into a psychological
and emotional life through the outer physical form. It combines Japanese
movement sensibilities, commedia dell arte, plasticity, musical
rhythm, and science to the ends of creating a very specific aesthetic
for a very specific ideology of what theatre should look like. Actors
trained in Biomechanics are truly athletes.
We will examine two, possibly
three of Meyerhold Etüdes, highly stylized movement pieces which
Meyerhold choreographed as exercise material for his students.
Participating ACTORS must wear light weight sneakers with a good tread
with a free ankle. (No sandals, shoes, boots and not barefoot.) Jewellery
is not permitted. Wear loose clothing preferably without slogans, advertising
or patterns. We want to present ourselves as a neutral form and to simplify
the understanding of the forms.
Philip Brehse, is an Actor, Director, Musician, Teacher, Performance Artist
and Cofounder of the Open Space Performunion, Berlin. An American living
in post wall Berlin, dedicating most of his time to maintaining the freedom
of not just working in one category of art and exploring the rigor of
creation and change with artists from all mediums and in diverse forms
After studying Acting in the
BFA program at Ithaca College, his fascination with the Biomechanics began
in the early eighties
through work with Carlo Altomare, Mary Krapf and The Alchemical Theater,
in N.Y.C. and in Europe, followed by the late eighties epoch of The Living
Theatre with Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov and a very exciting ensemble
on 3rd St. and extensively in Europe.
Living and working since 1991 in Berlin, he has continually furthered
his research, practical training and scene study extensively in Meyerhold
and in Biomechanics through regular training with Gennadi Bogdanov, (Moscow)
in Berlin and completed Bogdanov´´s Master Class at the Expo-Hannover.
For eight years, taught and directed Biomechanics and Schauspiel at the
Athanor Akademie, in Burghausen, under the direction of Dr. David Esrig,
(Bucharest.) Currently teaches at the Neue Schauspielschule, Nürnberg,
(direction, Peter Hain.)
He is Currently collaborating
with his Artistic Partner Michael Steger on a new production of Mysterium
Buffo from Majakovski for the upcoming Open Space Festival of Free Art
in Berlin, October 13-22, 2007
Statement, resume, information
about acting and directing credits, past projects, upcoming projects at:
from the Etüde: Stringing of the Bow
Further information on Biomechanics can be found at TheaterConversations
A short video of Meyerhold's work can be seen at video
Candidates for the workshop are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible.
Payment of half of the quota must be received by September 2. Please send
resumes (via internet) and any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Work/Study and scholarship
candidates should send a letter of inquiry to email@example.com
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2 1 Clinton Street, New York City