Physical Approaches to Performance
July 7–26, 2014
Program limited to the first 30 students
This program is ideal for actors, dancers, directors, choreographers and anyone interested in movement and performance.
This three-week intensive will include works in:
- Suzuki Method (Physical and Vocal Training)
- Slow-Tempo (Silent Narrative in a Slow, Fictional Time)
- Ki Training (Harnessing of Natural, Potential Energy)
The program will culminate in a public presentation on July 26 at 2 p.m.
Where: Point Park University, Student Center
When: July 7–26, 2014
DAYS & TIMES
- 6 – 10 p.m. - July 7 to 11
- 6 – 10 p.m. - July 15 to 18
- 6 – 10 p.m. - July 22 to 25
- Noon – 4 p.m. - Saturday, July 19
- Noon – 4 p.m. - Saturday, July 26 - Free public presentation begins at 2 p.m.
- Point Park students and employees 50 percent tuition discount
- High school and other college students 20 percent tuition discount
About The Training
Suzuki Method(Physical and Vocal Training) — The Suzuki Method of Actor Training was developed by Tadashi Suzuki. This technique has gained a broad following in professional theater circles including the Royal Shakespeare Company and Julliard. The Suzuki Method develops the actor's inner physical sensibilities, and builds the actor's will, stamina and concentration. The modified Suzuki portion of the course serves as a means of physical training and development aimed toward a fundamental transformation of the body so that the core, and not the face, regains priority as the center of the actor’s instrument. The training is designed to sharpen the actor’s perceptive abilities and to realize the body’s full potential as a tool of theatrical expression, even in stillness and silence.
Slow-Tempo (Silent Narrative in a Slow, Fictional Time) — Created by the late Shogo Ohta, explores storytelling through the slow movement of time. Actors know the importance of playing a role moment by moment. This methodology helps actors to develop an essential, efficient and precise understanding of what it means to live and perform in the moment, giving greater impact to a performance. Through this process, the class will explored and collectively devise a new play inspired by Ohta’s best known work Mizu No Eki (The Water Station.)
Ki Training (Harnessing of Natural, Potential Energy) — Ki, similar to yoga and the ‘chi’ in Tai Chi, is sometimes defined as The Circulating Life Energy that is thought to be inherent in all things. We use certain principles of the training to improve the efficiency with which we move, increasing strength and coordination, while reducing unproductive tension in the body. A relaxed readiness on stage is the key to success and creativity in both auditions and performance. Ki training will help actors to convert nervous tension into positive energy.
Ben Blazer is a Point Park movement instructor and works as an actor, director, and teaching artist at other schools. He has trained in Suzuki and Slow-Tempo for the past nine years, under the direction of Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson, and in the methodology of P3 East. He teaches sophomore movement in Point Park’s acting program and a Suzuki and Style course in the M.F.A. acting sequence. Ben holds an M.F.A. in acting from the University of South Carolina and is a member of AEA and the P3 Studio.
Carin began her training in the Suzuki Method and Slow-Tempo in 2007 under Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson. Carin has been studying acting, voice, and dance for more than 20 years and holds a B.A. in theatre from the University of South Carolina. She recently appeared as a principal performer in the Slow-Tempo play The Water Station(s). Carin is a proud member of a select group of actors employed by Kaufmann Forensic Acting and is contracted to work for the FBI.