From: David Greenwood [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2009 3:23 PM
Subject: Actor's Gymnasium
Actor's Gymnasium and Prescott College Tucson Center will host a free
eight-week workshop for actors and directors entitled "Earth, Air, Fire,
Water, Space and Time, a natural and empirical approach to pre-expressive
training and creative presence." The workshop will be held Saturdays from 2
- 4 p.m. at Prescott College Tucson Center, 2233 E. Speedway Blvd. The
workshop will begin January 24th and continue every Saturday through March
14th. Please see schedule and session topics below. Participants are
encouraged to attend all eight sessions but may attend if part as necessary.
Active and courteous participation/observation is required. Each two-hour
session will include a ten minute break with refreshments. For more
information please contact David Greenwood via email at
email@example.com or by phone at (520) 591-2476.
"Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Space and Time"
A natural and empirical approach to pre-expressive training and scenic
presence for actors and directors
Dynamic Breathing, Movement, Sound
Spirit (spiritus), Air, from inspiration (idea) to expiration (the end).
Awareness and Sensitivity of the Body and the Environment
"The first step toward action and possibility is awareness."
Rhythm, Music, Dance
Biological impulses repeated in forms so as to create a behavioral
Memories and Associations of Sensation and Feeling
"It is untrue and complete nonsense that I have renounced memory of
feelings. I repeat this is the main element of our creativity."
Active Mind, Active Body - creating a precise score of actions
Text, from texture, meaning "the weave" - actors create and weave a series
of actions as their performance text. The more intricate and detailed the
weave, the richer the performance.
Intrigue and Story through logical and illogical actions, interruption and
What lifts an action or series of actions from the realm of banal and places
it in the realm of theatrical and/or poetic, thereby captivating the mind
and senses of the spectator?
Wholeness and Creative Ardor
Seeking to understand the particular scenic traditions and the
cultural-historical contexts through which a performers unique personality
Energy and Adaptation
Finding "the simplest human condition" for working on the stage.
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